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NIH doctor schools Elisabeth Hasselbeck after she asks him to ‘seal the borders’ over Ebola

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Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Monday asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institiute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, why he was not recommending a “closing of our borders” in response to an Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

On Monday’s edition of Fox & Friends, Hasselbeck pointed out that a freelance NBC cameraman was being allowed to return to the U.S. after being infected with Ebola. And a man in Dallas who traveled from the Liberia to the U.S. was also fighting for his life.

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“Why are we still letting people into the country who could have possibly been exposed?” she asked. “Why not just shut down the flights and secure the borders? Many of you want to know… Why not, just as a precaution until we get things under control, seal off the border temporarily?”

Fauci said that he understood why people might jump to the conclusion that a travel ban might help, but he said that Hasselbeck’s suggestion “didn’t make any sense” because preventing countries from getting aid could make the epidemic worse.

“And if we completely isolate them — don’t let anything in, don’t let anything out — we know from experience with public health, that marginalizes them,” he explained. “And you could have civil unrest, governments could fall. And then you wind up having spread the virus to other countries in west Africa, which would only compound the problem.”

Hasselbeck wanted to know if the government had considered something “less extreme.”

“Like what?” Fauci wondered.

“Perhaps flights that were approved to go for treatment, for aid, for supplies to the area, but any other flights would have to go through an approval process into a limited flight travel plan,” Hasselbeck replied. “Not a complete closing. I don’t think anyone who has a heart wants some — a group of people to just suffer alone in the world, and there are those that want to go and help, and my heart is with them.”

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“But what about a partial ban, a closing of our borders?” she asked.

“A closing of our borders? I’m sorry, I don’t know what you mean by that,” Fauci said.

“Flights that are specific to helping the situation as you just deemed important, which many Americans would agree with you, sir,” Hasselbeck insisted. “But what about any other flights, just restricted.”

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Fauci observed that the media had created a misperception that west Africa was mostly people sick with Ebola.

“You have Americans there, you have business people there, people of dual citizenship who have to go back and forth,” he said. “It’s completely impractical. In fact, from a public health standpoint, not helpful to do that. And I think every public health official feels that way.”

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Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Oct. 6, 2014.


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Trump blasted for ‘bringing us to the brink of a civil war’ with 4th of July speech: ‘Going full dictator’

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The leader of the free world likened his political opponents to enemies of America during what was basically a campaign speech delivered at the White House on Saturday.

"American heros defeated the nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the communists, saved American values, upheld American principles and chased down the terrorists to the very ends of the earth," Trump said. "We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing."

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Trump’s Independence Day message: American ‘heroes’ will defeat ‘the radical left’ — like the Nazis and fascists

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President Donald Trump escalated his rhetoric against political adversaries during a White House address on Independence Day.

One day after a speech at Mount Rushmore that was blasted as "perhaps the most un-American speech ever delivered by an American president," Trump seemed to group his domestic critics with enemies that America has fought wars against.

"American heros defeated the nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the communists, saved American values, upheld American principles and chased down the terrorists to the very ends of the earth," Trump said. "We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing."

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WATCH: MSNBC reporter cuts off Arizona Trump fan as he goes on rant about Antifa and killing Black babies

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On Saturday, MSNBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard interviewed "Ted," a pro-Trump protester in Prescott, Arizona — and was promptly forced to cut him off as the conversation went off the rails.

"What leads you here today?" asked Hillyard. "And does the lack of masks, including on your part—"

"Well, we're here to support President Trump and the Republican ticket," said Ted. "This is our protest against all the other protests that have been going on in the country trying to take our nation down."

"Are you concerned about the pandemic?" said Hillyard.

"No, we support our police department in Prescott, and we do not support Antifa, which is a communist organization just like BLM," said Ted. "If you listen to the founders of BLM, they're communists. If they cared about Black lives really, they would think about the million abortions of Black babies, and they would think about the thousands of young Black men that are killed in the inner city, but they don't. It's an anti-police organization and Antifa is just as bad. If you notice—"

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