Ben Carlson Goes On TV To Talk About Coronavirus, It Didn’t Go Well
Ben Carson, Trump’s Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, appeared on ABC on Sunday to address the coronavirus health crisis and was unable to “preview” the plan for the docking of the Grand Princess cruise ship, which is carrying at least 21 passengers who contracted coronavirus.
ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos pushed Carson on how the government plans to manage the 3,500 people aboard the cruise ship.
The HUD secretary, who’s a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said Vice President Mike Pence met with the major cruise line CEOs to implement a plan “within 72 hours” of the meeting.
“The ship’s docking tomorrow,” Stephanopoulos responded.
“The plan will be in place by that time, but I don’t want to preview the plan right now,” Carson answered.
“I think it all needs to come from a solitary source,” he continued. “We shouldn’t have 16 people saying what the plan is.”
MORE: Sec. Carson says a plan will be in place "within 72 hours" of Vice Pres. Mike Pence's meeting with cruise ship company CEOs yesterday.@GStephanopoulos: "The ship's docking tomorrow."
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The Grand Princess’s captain announced Saturday that the ship will dock in Oakland, Calif. and begin a disembarkation process that could take several days. The Department of Health and Human Services said U.S. citizens will be quarantined after leaving the boat.
President Trump had said Friday that he would “rather have the people stay” on the ship to prevent the number of cases in the U.S. from climbing and affecting the economy.