Boehner surprised Obama hasn't acted faster on Ebola

Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerCoronavirus poses risks for Trump in 2020 Lobbying world Pelosi-Trump relationship takes turn for the terrible MORE (R-Ohio) took a swipe at the Obama administration Tuesday, saying it's dragged its feet in responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa.


"I think this Ebola outbreak in Africa is a serious problem and I'm a bit surprised the administration hasn't acted more quickly to address what is a serious threat, not only to Africans but to others around the world," Boehner said at a news conference.

Boehner's comments broke with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who said this week he supported the president's plan to combat Ebola.

Obama will announce later Tuesday that he is sending as many as 3,000 military personnel to the region to help combat the disease. It will cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Some Republicans want the administration to do more. Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) called on the administration to conduct mandatory screenings of individuals exhibiting Ebola symptoms at U.S. ports of entry.

But Boehner wouldn't comment directly on the proposal floated by Portman, his close friend and fellow Buckeye. Instead, he suggested reporters pose questions to Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas), who's holding a hearing on Wednesday.

"I think in the coming weeks," Boehner said, "you will see the Congress and the administration figure out how do we best contain this very horrible disease."