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Former Homeland Safety Secretary Jeh Johnson pushed again Tuesday towards President Trump’s declare that the Obama administration left him with a naked Strategic Nationwide Stockpile of medical supplies, telling “Your World” that it was “one of the very few things that we talked to the incoming administration about as we were leaving office.”
“[The] stockpile was very definitely there when we left office in January 2017,” Johnson stated. “It should not have been where it could have been [due to] budget cuts by the Congress, but the stockpile was definitely there.”
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President Trump has repeatedly claimed that his administration inherited an empty nationwide stockpile, most just lately telling ABC Information’ David Muir earlier this month that the “the last administration, left us nothing.”
Johnson stated that the Obama administration had been targeted on the nationwide stockpile after the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and that that they had actually mentioned the state of the nationwide stockpile with the incoming administration.
“Dealing with a lethal pandemic like this has been and was uppermost on our minds,” Johnson asserted, “and the Obama Administration, given the experience we had with Ebola and other things, it was one of the very few things that we talked to the incoming administration about as we were leaving office. We all got together for a couple of hours.”
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Requested earlier to touch upon Trump’s resolution to bar entry of non-citizens touring from Brazil after a sharp rise in coronavirus instances within the South American nation, Johnson stated the “the principal effort is here at home.”
“The principal effort, intellectual energy right now has to be going into combating the virus, urging the American people to please continue to be patient with physical distancing,” he defined. “The weather is getting warmer. We are all getting cabin fever, [but] this is a highly dangerous situation. We are making progress, but we’ve got to keep at it.”