The mayor of New Orleans on Thursday blamed the federal government and President Donald Trump for her decision not to cancel this year’s Mardi Gras, which health experts believe might have helped spread coronavirus in the Big Easy.
“The federal government did not issue any red flags, and therefore we moved forward,” LaToya Cantrell said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
None. If we were given clear direction we would not have had Mardi Gras and I would've been the leader to cancel it. https://t.co/PUFj2F1NyO— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) March 26, 2020
Democrats famously attacked the President for his "racist" decision to restrict travel to China earlier this year so it is unknown if the mayor of New Orleans would have heeded the President's warnings or not. But complaining now about it is convenient.
Other federal officials were sounding the alarm in the weeks before the celebration.
Blitzer, the CNN host, noted to Cantrell that Dr. Nancy Messonier, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said on Feb. 12 that coronavirus was likely to “gain a foothold in the U.S.”