White House Briefing: Swine Flu

Q Just to follow up on the HHS question. Apparently, HHS — CDC, Surgeon General assured there are no –

MR. GIBBS: I thought he was doing a pretty good job. (Laughter.)

Q But it raises a political question about how movement there has been stalled because of HHS. I mean, do you have — has the President expressed concern about the fact that you don’t have a team in place there, or at the –

MR. GIBBS: No, because — I want to be very clear here. There is a team in place. The team is — part of it is standing behind me, and part of it is working as we speak to identify exactly what the doctor and others have talked about. I think this notion somehow that if there’s not currently a Secretary, that there’s not the function that needs to take place in order to prepare for this either this or any other situation is just simply not the case.

Thanks, guys.

(Source: White House)

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