Ted Cruz threw a thunderbolt into Washington with an announcement about his immediate future.
No one saw this coming.
Now Ted Cruz is leaving the Senate. This is the jaw-dropping reason why.
Ted Cruz became the first of four elected Republicans to announce on Monday that they were going into self-quarantine after coming into contact with an individual infected with the coronavirus at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Last night, I was informed that 10 days ago at CPAC I briefly interacted with an individual who is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for COVID-19. That interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake.
I have consulted with medical authorities from the Houston Health Department, the Harris County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as my personal physician. I have also spoken with Vice President Pence, Leader McConnell, and Mark Meadows.
I’m not experiencing any symptoms, and I feel fine and healthy. Given that the interaction was 10 days ago, that the average incubation period is 5-6 days, that the interaction was for less than a minute, and that I have no current symptoms, the medical authorities have advised me that the odds of transmission from the other individual to me were extremely low.
Congressmen Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar, and Doug Collins also announced they were going into self-quarantine.
Fortunately, Cruz has not shown any symptoms for over ten days and the decision to self-quarantine was an act of supreme caution.
Americans were rightly concerned that the coronavirus was present at an event that not only Cruz and these Congressmen attended, but that President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also spoke at.
Coronavirus crept up to the edge of the White House and Congress.
The number of Senators and Congressmen above the age of 60 – identified as a high risk group – only added to the panic and uncertainty in the general public and on Wall Street.
Americans are now worried if the government would be able to function or if Congress wouldn’t be able to help mitigate the spread of the virus because members were either sick – or in fear of getting sick – which would keep them from being able to stay in Washington and vote on legislation.
The individual infected with coronavirus that attended the Conservative Political Action Conference is unknown to the public.
Federal rules prevent the leaders of the American Conservative Union – which puts on CPAC – from disclosing the individual’s identity.
But thousands of other conservative activists also attended CPAC and would like to know if they came into contact with this individual and get tested if necessary.
This chaos surrounding coronavirus led to one of the biggest stock market selloffs in American history as the Dow Jones dropped over 2,000 points on Monday.
President Trump and the experts on the coronavirus task force are hard at work to mitigate the spread of this virus.
Their efforts to keep the American people safe will continue until the outbreak ends.
Great American Daily will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.