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Louie Gohmert: If the Federal Gov't Won't Act, ‘Texas Is Going to Have to Protect Itself’ From Ebola

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"Someone has to have some sanity in an executive position."

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, arrives for a meeting with House Republicans after the Senate leaders reached last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. Credit: AP

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said his state may need to take independent steps within weeks to keep its residents safe amid the Ebola outbreak.

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, arrives for a meeting with House Republicans after the Senate leaders reached last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. AP Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) arrives for a meeting with House Republicans at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. (AP)

Appearing on Glenn Beck's radio program, Gohmert was asked: "At what point does Texas say, 'We have to preserve the state of Texas, and the federal government is doing harm to the people of Texas'?"

"I sure hope we're within just two or three weeks of that happening," Gohmert told Beck. "It needs to happen. Someone has to have some sanity in an executive position, but obviously it's not in the top level. ... You're right. Texas is going to have to do it itself, just as Texas did in sending National Guard, DPS, Game Wardens, Rangers down to the border. It has actually made a difference."

Gohmert said he appreciates that President Barack Obama paused the "massive fundraising and the political trek he's been on" to attend meetings about the crisis, but isn't confident the president has a practical plan to contain the spread of Ebola.

"I think you're right, Glenn," Gohmert said. "Texas is going to have to do it itself. This president has shown nothing but contempt for the people of Texas, and it ought to be clear Texas is going to have to protect itself."

The two agreed that CDC Director Thomas Frieden needs to resign or be fired, but Gohmert said the problem doesn't end there. He said he is especially concerned about the U.S. military personnel, including soldiers, U.S. Marines and Navy Seabees, who have been deployed to West Africa to build treatment units for Ebola.

"[They're] basically unarmed," he said. "Many living in tents. I thought we learned that you don't send people to places unless you're prepared against terrorists? And they're going to wear, according to the general in charge, they're going to wear gloves and masks and they're going to wash their hands several times a day."

"Can you imagine our poor military in Ebola epidemic West Africa wearing masks and gloves?" Gohmert demanded. "Originally they said they would not have direct contact with people with Ebola, but they said that mission may change."

Gohmert said it's "scary" that men like Frieden are currently in such positions of power.

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