Trump, anti-vaccination activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will meet

by Jared Lewis January 11, 2017, 0:29
Trump, anti-vaccination activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will meet

Robert Kennedy and nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, met with President-elect Donald Trump today.

Kennedy said the job would be to "make sure we have scientific integrity in the vaccine process for efficacy and safety".

Kennedy Jr. told reporters that he accepted Trump's offer, but did not provide further details on the commission.

"President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it", Kennedy said after the meeting, according to a pool report. "His opinion doesn't matter but the science does matter and we ought to be reading the science and we ought to be debating the science".

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics have touted how essential vaccines are to children's health.

There are plenty of other tweets going back years in which he specifically ties vaccines to autism.

Kennedy edited a 2014 book called "Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak", which draws attention to concerns that a preservative used in some in vaccines was linked to brain disorders and autism. He has previously deemed the effects of vaccinations a "holocaust" for children.

Trump's position on vaccines was not a huge part of his campaign - perhaps owing in part to the fact that the issue was discussed at a time when it still wasn't clear how formidable Trump would eventually become.

The debunked claim about vaccines somehow causing autism goes back to a 1998 United Kingdom research study in the British medical journal Lancet, which was later retracted.

President-elect Donald Trump continues to hold meetings at his NY residence to fill the remaining positions in his administration.

An analysis of tweets byThe Washington Post reveals Trump expressed skepticism about vaccines as early as 2012. "Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes - AUTISM", Trump wrote on Twitter in March 2014.

Trump voiced this sentiment during the second Republican presidential debate in September of 2015.


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