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Ben Voelkel

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, appeared on MSNBC Wednesday to discuss coronavirus response.

 Video of the interview can be found here, and excerpts are below.

 (2:14) “This administration has been all hands on deck. They certainly have not underreacted, but they also understand the severe cost of overreacting. Getting it just right is probably impossible. This really has been an extensive effort and there are very capable people throughout the federal government, and the state and local governments, that are really trying to grapple with a very difficult situation with a lot of unknowns.”

 (4:57) “I think the president is on the one side making sure we don't overreact, but on the other side with Dr. Fauci – he’s been out there, totally nonpartisan – he credits the president for really buying us the time from that travel ban from China as well as funneling people who have been to China through select airports and doing additional screening. This administration has taken decisive action, we bought ourselves some time, and we’re setting ourselves up for just about any contingency.”