[Ed. – This was when Pence was heading Trump’s task force as it took a number of forceful, rapid actions, back when we were being briefed every day. The Hill seems to think readers will be indignant that Pence forced the border closure when the CDC said it wouldn’t slow the spread of the virus. But I think there’s been too much media manipulation of the info about virus policy since then for most people to buy that line. It’s intuitively obvious that closing the border to illegal foot traffic would keep out — or expel — foreigners whose health status the U.S. didn’t know or would be endangered trying to figure out, if they got across the border first. The American people aren’t stupid: we have to wear masks and can’t go to church, but it doesn’t matter how many unvetted people cross the border?]
Vice President Pence in March reportedly ordered the director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use its emergency powers to close the U.S. borders, despite top scientists saying there was no evidence that doing so would reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Three people with direct knowledge of the situation told the AP that Pence’s request came after the CDC had initially refused to comply with a Trump administration directive to shut down borders, saying at the time that there was no valid health reason to issue such a directive.