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Trump aide admits 'we're not going to control pandemic' as Pence staff test positive

Added 10-25-20 06:09:02pm EST - “Senior aide Marc Short has virus but Pence will still campaign as US comes close to new daily record for coronavirus cases” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “Trump aide admits 'we're not going to control pandemic' as Pence staff test positive”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff made an unusually candid admission on Sunday – that the administration does not intend to contain the coronavirus crisis.

The former hard-right congressman from North Carolina made the revealing remark as confirmed cases of Covid-19 reached new peaks and hospitalisations rose rapidly in 38 states. The contagion also continues to ravage the White House itself, with the chief of staff to Mike Pence and four others in the vice-president’s inner circle having tested positive.

Meadows repeatedly sidestepped questions about the administration’s responsibility for combatting spread of the virus. Instead, in a contentious interview with CNN’s State of the Union, he highlighted what he called “mitigating” factors, including the search for a vaccine and new therapeutics that could bring down the death rate.

Asked why the administration was not going to control the pandemic, Meadows replied: “Because it is a contagious virus.”

Despite Pence being exposed to the disease, he planned to continue an aggressive campaign schedule in the final nine days of the race. The vice-president was scheduled to hold a rally on Sunday afternoon in Kinston, North Carolina.

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