Cruz: 'Biggest mistake' in Ebola response is letting flights continue

Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzGeorgia campaigns keep up pressure ahead of runoff vote Week ahead in tech: Trump's antitrust pick heads before Senate Week ahead: Senate panel to vote on Trump's FDA pick MORE (R-Texas) on Sunday slammed President Obama for not instituting a travel ban on flights to and from West Africa.

During an interview on CNN’s "State of Union" show, Cruz said the “biggest mistake that continues to be made is that we continue to allow open commercial air flights.”

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“We need to take a common-sense stand of suspending commercial air travel out of these countries,” Cruz said. “And for whatever reason, the Obama White House doesn’t want to.”

When asked what mistakes were made in Dallas when handling the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, Cruz said the first mistake was letting Duncan come to the U.S.

“The first mistake that was made was letting Thomas Duncan get on an airplane and come to the U.S.,” he said.

He then admitted that there were “mistakes made up and down the line” in Dallas when handling Duncan’s case, such as allowing Duncan to see his family when he exhibited symptoms.

Cruz also accused the administration of treating Ebola as “another political” situation rather “than a public health crisis.”