Reporter Grills WH: "Perfect System" To Stop Ebola "Doesn't Look Like It's Working"

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At a late Friday afternoon press conference on Ebola, White House correspondent for The New York Times Michael Shear grilled senior administration officials over the failure to prevent someone with the virus from entering the United States.

"At every step of the way there were break downs," Shear said. "It feels like to Americans like you guys are up here talking about we have this great and perfect system that's going to be able to, you know, contain this virus because we have done all this preparation and yet it doesn't look like it's working."

"How should the average person have confidence?" Shear asked.

MICHAEL SHEAR, NEW YORK TIMES: Help me understand the stuff that you've talked about in terms of preparedness here in this country, the conversations with the hospitals, the coordination with the local authorities and all, seems very dissonant I think to people in the country who look at basically the first or one of the first cases and see that the whole thing broke down.

At every step of the way there were break downs. It broke down as the person back there was saying when he lied on the form. It broke down when the hospital turned him away. It broke down when the materials that were in his apartment haven't been thrown away. It broke down -- I mean, it feels like to Americans like you guys are up here talking about we have this great and perfect system that's going to be able to, you know, contain this virus because we have done all this preparation and yet it doesn't look like it's working.

How should the average person have confidence that whether it's the case in Howard or whether it's some case somewhere else in the country at the moment that somebody isn't being turned away there, that somebody, you know, their temperature was taken in Africa but they are on a plane as we speak. Square the dissonance between your confidence and the fact that things don't seem to be working?

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