Ebola Czar Misses His Second White House Meeting Since Being Appointed

Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter
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New Ebola czar Ron Klain was not in attendance at a White House meeting of the Ebola response team on Saturday night, the second powwow he’s missed since the appointment was announced on Friday.

After a day of golfing, President Barack Obama convened a meeting with the task force to apprise him of any developments in the treatment of the two domestic Ebola cases and to discuss emergency preparedness nationwide, according to a White House pool report. Attendees included Vice President Joe Biden, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention director Tom Frieden, several cabinet members and other White House aides. Klain was not there.


The longtime Democratic operative apparently was at the White House Saturday, but he was “clearing paperwork,” according to USA Today reporter Gregory Korte. Klain will reportedly start his new gig next week.


Klain was also not present at a Friday meeting of the Ebola response team. That meeting included many of the same participants.

Klain, whose official title is Ebola Response Coordinator, has worked in both the Clinton and Obama White House’s.

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