Stephen Hayes said Wednesday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the federal government's push to quell nationwide fears over the Ebola virus has had the "opposite of its intended effect" because the government's actions have not inspired confidence.
"Everything that happened today, in terms of the federal government and its public discussion of Ebola, was designed to inspire confidence, to say, 'we've got this, we understand, we know what we're doing,'" Hayes, a columnist for the Weekly Standard, said. "It had the opposite of its intended effect."
One example, according to Hayes, is CDC Director Tom Frieden's insistence that a travel ban on individuals from Ebola-ravaged countries was unlikely.
"He was asked the question about the travel ban directly, and he said that, 'look, we have to have people be able to go there in order to help out,'" Hayes said."Well, that wasn't the question. The question was whether people should be able to come back to the United States."
Hayes also noted the fact that military officials had to issue a clarification about the role of U.S. troops on the ground in Liberia. Initial reports suggested that U.S. forces could come into some kind of contact with the virus, but officials later clarified that the troops would provide logistical support only and have no direct contact with infected patients.
"These are the kinds of things that don't inspire confidence," Hayes said.