McCain wants probe of military’s Ebola response

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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is demanding a probe into the Pentagon’s response to Ebola, asking President Obama to explain why troops are headed to Africa without congressional approval. “I want to have hearings as soon as we get back as to whether our military personnel should go there,” McCain said Monday at a campaign stop for GOP Senate hopeful Scott Brown in New Hampshire, the Boston Herald reported. “He didn’t ask permission of Congress,” added McCain, a member of both the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees. His remarks came as Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno on Monday ordered all U.S. troops returning from West Africa to undergo a 21-day quarantine. The Defense Department said around a dozen soldiers from U.S. Army Africa, including their commander, Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, and his staff, are being isolated and monitored at a facility at their home station in Vincenza, Italy. McCain endorsed tougher restrictions to prevent the disease from spreading, including 21-day quarantines. “What we need to do is — anyone who wants to get on a plane and come to the United States of America should go into quarantine for 21 days, take a blood test and then come to the United States,” he said. “We shouldn’t wait until they get here after they may have contaminated innumerable people. “This has been a terrible fumbling again by this administration,” McCain added. A number of states have imposed their own safety measures after a 33-year-old doctor who recently returned to New York fell ill with Ebola after treating patients in Guinea. via TheHill.

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