Ezekiel Emanuel says Paul violated oath as doctor

Bioethicist and oncologist Ezekiel Emanuel sharply criticized Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle 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.”

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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 LeeKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases MORE (R-Utah) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP senator says Trump commuting Stone was a 'mistake' Roger Stone joins list of political figures, allies granted clemency by Trump Romney blasts Trump's Stone commutation: 'Historic corruption' MORE (R-Utah) have both announced they will self-quarantine due to recent contact with him.