A senior economic adviser to President Donald Trump on Sunday lamented the coronavirus “risks” of working in the “crammed” West Wing of the White House.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Kevin Hassett said he knew before taking on his new role in March what he was getting into.
"I knew when I was going back in that I would be taking risks, that I would be safer sitting at home in my house than going into a West Wing that with even all the testing in the world and the best medical team on earth, is a relatively crammed place," he said.
Hassett, who noted that he helped set up a data operation in the basement of the White House, said knows he’s “interacting constantly with people who were going to and from [the Federal Emergency Management Agency] and that some people "caught COVID at FEMA."
"So we've all been exposing ourselves to risks, under the best guidance we could possibly have to keep us safe. But we're willing to take that chance because we love our country," Hassett said. "Yes, I absolutely have a mask in my pocket ... and I practice social distancing, I wear a mask when I feel it's appropriate and so on."
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