- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

President Obama has canceled trips Wednesday to New Jersey and Connecticut and instead will hold a Cabinet meeting on the administration’s response to the Ebola outbreak.

Mr. Obama was scheduled to speak at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser in New Jersey and then travel to Connecticut to attend a campaign rally with that state’s governor, Democrat Dan Malloy.

The changes to the president’s schedule come as a second health-care worker in Texas has tested positive for Ebola. The worker provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, who has since died.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president felt it was necessary to meet with his cabinet and couldn’t do that while traveling.

“What we have always indicated is the president of the United States is president wherever he goes and that’s true 24/7,” he told reporters. “But what’s also true is if the president determines it is necessary to return to the White House … he will alter his schedule accordingly.”

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