Upon hearing that doctors are considering bringing two Americans who have contracted Ebola back to the U.S. from Liberia, businessman and media creation Donald Trump took to Twitter demanding the citizens be barred from returning to their own country for treatment.
Thursday evening, Trump tweeted: "Ebola patient will be brought to the U.S. in a few days - now I know for sure that our leaders are incompetent. KEEP THEM OUT OF HERE!"
This morning he added: "Stop the EBOLA patients from entering the U.S. Treat them, at the highest level, over there. THE UNITED STATES HAS ENOUGH PROBLEMS!"
Due to medical privacy concerns, government officials have withheld information pertaining to the return of Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly to the U.S.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a modified Gulfstream jet could be equipped with an Aeromedical Biological Containment System (ABCS), which the agency describes as a "portable, tent-like device." Doctors attending to the two patients would wear hazmat suits for their own safety.
Officials hope to bring both Americans to Emory University in Atlanta which offers state-of-the-art facilities for treating highly infectious diseases.
In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer, Dr. Nancy Snyderman said that treatment facilities in Liberia are "rudimentary at best."
"So if you can safely transport someone to a high-tech, fabulous medical center, where they are isolated from the general population in a really contained room and save their lives, that's what doctors are talking about and that's why Emory and the CDC are talking about making this move," she explained.
Despite the fact that Ebola is not an airborne disease and can only be contracted via physical contact or body fluids, Trump seemed to be attempting to whip up hysteria over the possibility that the epidemic, that has claimed 729 lives in West Africa, is coming to the U.S.
See Trumps tweets below as well as Matt Lauer's interview with Dr. Nancy Snyderman below, courtesy of NBC:
Ebola patient will be brought to the U.S. in a few days - now I know for sure that our leaders are incompetent. KEEP THEM OUT OF HERE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2014
Stop the EBOLA patients from entering the U.S. Treat them, at the highest level, over there. THE UNITED STATES HAS ENOUGH PROBLEMS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2014