Inhofe, Fallin point fingers as Ebola scare turns political
Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, criticized the White House on Thursday as the national scare over Ebola began to take a political turn.
Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, called for a travel ban from West African countries that have had thousands of Ebola-infected patients and deaths, including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Inhofe, a frequent visitor to some African countries, said the ban would “enhance the safety of and confidence in our travel system, which is vital to the health of our economy.
“Until we get this situation under control in the United States, we cannot continue to risk the safety of fellow travelers and our healthcare professionals.”
Inhofe said the Obama administration “has failed to take responsible, necessary, and common sense actions to protect the American public from exposure to the disease and from the fear of its spread. ”
Fallin suggested that Oklahoma was taking the situation more seriously than the White House and said President Barack Obama’s assurances were “ringing hollow.”
"Our state agencies are coordinating with health care professionals,” Fallin said. “Our hospitals are preparing themselves to isolate and treat any potential outbreaks; and protocols are being updated and reviewed.
"What is lacking now is a commitment from our federal partners to establish a comprehensive plan to reduce risk for our citizens. Travelers, including non-citizens, are coming and going freely from Ebola-infected hot zones to the United States. Security and screening measures at international airports have widely been reported to be inadequate. Our lack of border security, particularly at the Southern border, means we have no real way of knowing who is coming into this country or whether or not they are sick.”