Former White House press secretary Jay Carney told CNN’s Chris Cuomo there is “no question” the Ebola outbreak, along with the ISIS and Ukraine situations, have put President Obama in “a bad light.”
“Whenever there’s a crisis like you have now with Ebola, whenever you have a situation like ISIS in that region of the world, the problem with Ukraine, and you have these cascading problems all at once, which are very hard to control individually, let alone collectively, you get a White House and an administration that appears to be all out and under a lot of strain,” Carney told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
“You don’t get to choose the crisis you deal with when you’re president,” Carney said. “I think in the end, this is not a political issue. It’s an issue that has to be handled. … There is no question in this environment it all washes back on the White House and that puts him in a bad light.”
Cuomo, host of “New Day,” questioned the former White House flack on the leadership of the ongoing outbreak, noting the widely held belief that many are unsure who is in charge of the current situation.
“Why don’t you show that somebody is in charge?” asked Cuomo, referring to the White House.
“In that situation, ultimately it’s the president, because it’s his administration that’s charged with all aspects,” Carney said.
“Ultimately, all of these things, again, crises you can’t control or arise not because of actions by the administration, have to be the president’s responsibility, which is why the White House is taking the steps it’s taking.”
[h/t: Free Beacon]