President Obama postponed a campaign trip today after a second nurse in Dallas was diagnosed with Ebola.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden told reporters on a conference call that Amber Vinson should not have traveled while she was under self-monitoring after caring for Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, who died last week.
Vinson flew Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday. She reported a fever the next day.
Obama was scheduled to deliver remarks and take questions to a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event in Union, N.J., today, followed by remarks at a campaign rally for Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy in Bridgeport.
“The President’s travel today to New Jersey and Connecticut has been postponed,” the White House said in an update of the president’s schedule.
“Later this afternoon, the President will convene a meeting with cabinet agencies coordinating the government’s Ebola response.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest planned on briefing reporters before the cabinet meeting.
The administration didn’t say which members of the cabinet would be in on the meeting.
It’s unknown if the White House plans to alter Obama’s fundraising schedule tomorrow in Long Island, where he will attend a DNC event. Last night, he attended a private DCCC fundraiser with Nancy Pelosi at a home in McLean, Va. Twenty-five dinner guests paid $32,400 each.
Vinson is reportedly quite ill, and will be flown to the Ebola treatment unit at Emory in Atlanta.