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Trump admin says foreign disinfo campaign responsible for reports country is going on 'lockdown'

The Trump administration pushed back on reports earlier Monday claiming the president was getting ready to put the USA on "lockdown."

A senior White House official told Fox News that it is important Americans get their information from verified outlets and sources.

“There is an ongoing effort to spread disinformation and cause undue panic,” the official told Fox News, specifically referring to the reports of a nationwide quarantine. “There is no national quarantine for the United States.”

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The official noted further: “It’s important we remain vigilant in ensuring our information is coming from verified sources.”

The report comes after the National Security Council tweeted early Monday that such reports were bogus and that the White House was not considering such a measure.

Fox News said the Associated Press quoted administration officials who claimed that a foreign entity is responsible for the false information, though no country was named.

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Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli also tweeted that no such declaration was being considered at the moment.

And Katie Miller, press secretary for Vice President Pence, also shot down rumors of a nationwide “curfew.”

“This is not correct,” Miller tweeted in response to a reporter.


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