President Obama’s explanation on why troops coming back from West Africa should be quarantined but not civilian health care workers is drawing fire from military spouses.
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In a response he gave during a Tuesday press briefing, the president suggested a 21-day quarantine ordered by the Army was appropriate for soldiers but not for civilian health care workers because troops “are not there voluntarily” and are used to more restrictive conditions.
“It’s part of their mission that’s been assigned to them by their commanders and ultimately by me, the commander-in-chief. So we don’t expect to have similar rules for our military as we do for civilians. They are already, by definition, if they’re in the military, under more circumscribed conditions,” he said.