Ezekiel Emanuel says Paul violated oath as doctor

Bioethicist and oncologist Ezekiel Emanuel sharply criticized Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGeorgia governor says he didn't know asymptomatic people could spread coronavirus McConnell: Impeachment distracted government from coronavirus threat Warren knocks McConnell for forcing in-person Senate vote amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (R-Ky.) on Monday for reportedly using the Senate gym and pool while awaiting his coronavirus test results, which were ultimately positive.

“This lack of leadership ... things we’re asking the public to do that is not being emulated by our public officials, and especially by a physician,” Emanuel, a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday of the ophthalmologist. “Multiple times Rand Paul has sort of violated his basic oath of being a physician, that he should model good, healthy behaviors.”


Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) also sharply criticized Paul’s reported behavior Sunday, tweeting, “You cannot be near other people while waiting for coronavirus test results. It endangers others & likely increases the spread of the virus.”

Paul’s office emphasized he did not use the Senate facilities after receiving the results of his test, tweeting, “Senator Paul left the Senate IMMEDIATELY upon learning of his diagnosis. He had zero contact with anyone & went into quarantine.”

News of the first senator testing positive for COVID-19 sent shockwaves through Capitol Hill, with lawmakers trying to retrace their steps and figure out their possible level of exposure.

Since the news of Paul’s diagnosis, Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeJustice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court Senator Tom Coburn's government oversight legacy Trump on Romney's negative coronavirus test: 'I am so happy I can barely speak' MORE (R-Utah) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump selects White House lawyer for coronavirus inspector general Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill On The Money: Economy sheds 701K jobs in March | Why unemployment checks could take weeks | Confusion surrounds 9B in small-business loans MORE (R-Utah) have both announced they will self-quarantine due to recent contact with him.