Mr. Meadows was also pressed by the "State of the Union" host, Jake Tapper, on why Mr. Pence, who had been in close contact with his chief of staff, Marc Short, was continuing to appear at campaign events. Mr. Meadows said that the vice president was performing "essential" duties that exempted him from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines calling for people to quarantine for 14 days after exposure to the virus.Meadows also admitted on national television that the Trump administration has abandoned all attempts at reducing the surge of new infections across the country.
The C.D.C. guidelines allow "critical infrastructure workers" to continue working after a coronavirus exposure as long as they are asymptomatic. Campaigning, however, is not essential work. The guidelines also state clearly that a critical worker who has been exposed to the virus should "wear a face mask at all times," among other precautions. . . .
Mr. Trump and his aides have repeatedly laid out a false choice, implying that the only two options are to flout public health guidelines as he has, or to "lock everybody down" and "quarantine all of America," as Mr. Meadows put it on Sunday.
"We're not going to control the pandemic.""It is what it is."
The coronavirus is raging out of control throughout the United States, even as Trump lies about "turning the corner". Of course, this is the same guy who said, more than six months ago, on April 15, that new cases had "passed the peak" and the virus was dying out. Since then, there have been more than eight million new cases in the US and more than 200,000 deaths.
Six states – Alaska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico and Illinois – reported their highest-ever infection totals on Saturday. The worst outbreaks are currently in rural areas.
[P]ublic health officials warn that Americans are heading into a dangerous phase, as cooler weather forces people indoors, where the virus spreads easily. It could make for a grueling winter that tests the discipline of the many people who have grown weary of masks and of turning down invitations to see family and friends.
TAPPER: Pence was a close contact with Marc Short, who has tested positive for coronavirus, yet he's not quarantining. How is campaigning 'essential work'? He's holding rallies that could be spreading the virus.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 25, 2020
MARK MEADOWS: "Actually, he's not just campaigning. He's working." pic.twitter.com/UI3G85gZXK
MEADOWS: We're not going to control the pandemic— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 25, 2020
TAPPER: Why not?
M: Because it's a contagious virus
T: Why not make efforts to contain it?
M: What we need to do is make sure we have the proper mitigation factors to make sure people don't die pic.twitter.com/0DYgk4rB3T
Mark Meadows is making very clear on CNN that the White House has given up trying to contain the coronavirus. Their only strategy at this point is praying for a vaccine. pic.twitter.com/ZvPsQA7gDI— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 25, 2020
Mark Meadows says Americans should follow CDC guidelines, but in the context of making a case that masks don't really work. Completely incoherent. pic.twitter.com/mL5JcRhCNZ— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 25, 2020
TAPPER: Why don't you ask people to wear masks at Trump rallies?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 25, 2020
MEADOWS: We pass them out
T: They don't wear them!
M: Well, it's a free society. You're not wearing one right now, Jake
T: There's literally nobody in this room pic.twitter.com/k63rvlMsQZ
Tapper to Mark Meadows: "Just yesterday, President Trump said 'we are rounding the corner & it's going away.' Mark, it's not going away even in the WH! But beyond that, the US reported 83,000 new cases on Friday and Saturday. That's the 2 highest days of the entire pandemic." pic.twitter.com/gCXUB2I2xh— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 25, 2020
"The only thing that's gonna stop this virus... [is] a vaccine" -- Asked by Margaret Brennan if it's now the WH policy that the coronavirus is going to spread out of control throughout the US, National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien immediately changes the topic to bashing China pic.twitter.com/72wYOhHlmN— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 25, 2020
"Even masks, Margaret -- I was one of the early proponents ... I wore a mask early, and I still got Covid and survived it." -- Robert O'Brien— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 25, 2020
Multiple WH officials have gone on TV today & suggested masks aren't effective, even as new daily US coronavirus cases hit record highs. pic.twitter.com/Q8Ij7ZfqSM
Has their been another sitting President in the Televisual age that’s been quite so brazen as to use a body double of the First Lady on the campaign trail? I think not. Up their with my favourite conspiracy theories. The evidence is well... compelling.— Jolyon Rubinstein (@JolyonRubs) October 25, 2020
Melania has been conspicuously absent from the campaign trail. If she doesn't go to swing states & read robotically from a teleprompter, Republicans will lose the "Slovenian trophy wife who flunked out of college" vote.#FakeMelania pic.twitter.com/cMQoDwefP5— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) October 25, 2020
After eight months of this pandemic, we finally found President Trump's plan to beat COVID-19. https://t.co/KO4g328Uvr— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 23, 2020