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Obama Says It ‘May Be Appropriate’ to Appoint an Ebola Czar


"I will answer this one question about an Ebola czar."

US President Barack Obama makes a statement for the press after a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House October 16, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama met with advisors to discus the federal governments response to the Ebola cases in the US. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

President Barack Obama said Thursday evening during a press briefing that he may appoint an Ebola czar to deal with the ongoing situation in the U.S.

"I will answer this one question about an Ebola czar," the president said at the conclusion of the briefing. "The truth is that up until this point, the individuals here have been running point, and doing an outstanding job in dealing with what is a very complicated and fluid situation."

"It may be appropriate for me to appoint an additional person," the president continued, noting that homeland security advisor Lisa Monaco is focused on defeating the Islamic State while CDC director Thomas Frieden is grappling with the upcoming flu season.

Obama, however, avoided directly confirming that an appointment is imminent, saying at the conclusion of his remarks that he would notify the press if he chooses to create the position.

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