SAN DIEGO — As the South is dealing with the Zika epidemic, the U.S. is getting ready to send some troops to fight it.
President Donald Trump has said the U:s military should send troops to the region.
And, as The Associated Press reported Tuesday, Trump’s new National Security Council, which was created to advise the president on foreign policy, will have a full-time staff of advisers from the Pentagon, State Department and other agencies, including the National Institutes of Health.
The staff will be led by Vice Adm.
Michael Morrell, a former top aide to then-Vice President Joe Biden.
He previously served as acting assistant secretary of defense for strategy and policy.
Morrell is a former Navy SEAL and was the top military official for Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014.
The White House says he is “a national security adviser with strong military experience.”
“The military has a strong track record of resourcing and developing capabilities to fight this epidemic, and Morrell has a proven track record in this area,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
Trump’s National Security Advisory Council will also include former Vice President Joe Paterno, former Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Samuel Locklear and retired Navy SEALs including Gen. John Allen, a Marine Corps general.
“This team will focus on strategic plans and the strategic implications of the threats posed by this epidemic and will be the driving force of our efforts to address it,” said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
“These are men and women who have dedicated their lives to fighting this epidemic on our behalf.”
The president has said that he wants to send troops and support troops to help fight the Zika virus in the region, but it’s unclear how he’ll do that.
There are no plans to deploy troops in the U.-S-Africa region, where the virus is most widespread, including in South Sudan, where more than 1.2 million people have contracted the virus.
In the U-S-Asia region, which includes countries like South Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia, the outbreak has been spreading, with the number of cases and deaths up more than 200% from early this year.