The president “Did very seriously consider” the idea of locking down the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.” But Trump was dissuaded after a meeting with the task force led by Vice President Mike Pence.
“The president wanted to consider all the options. He was obviously concerned what was going on with New York,” said Mnuchin, who is a member of the task force.
“He spoke to the task force, he spoke to the governors, and he was comfortable that people would take this advisory very seriously and would not travel.”
The president had floated the idea of a short-term quarantine on Saturday.
He retreated later, instead tweeting that “a full quarantine will not be necessary” and, instead, embraced a new travel advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Public health experts have criticized the idea of instituting statewide quarantines in “Hot spots” like New York, warning the U.S. is past trying to contain the virus to geographic regions.
Later, Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who also sits on the task force, said the panel made its recommendation because an enforceable quarantine appeared to be more trouble than it could have been worth.
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