Trump Lashes Out at ‘Failing NY Times‘ Over Report on US Opposition to UN Breast-Feeding Resolution
President Donald Trump went after the New York Times today over a report on the United States’ opposition to a U.N. resolution on breast-feeding.
The Times reported yesterday that the U.S. “sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to ‘protect, promote and support breast-feeding’ and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children.”
Somehow things escalated from there into the U.S. threatening Ecuador––the nation that was introducing the resolution––with “punishing trade measures.” Other nations didn’t want to take it up afterwards, fearing “retaliation.”
A spokesperson for HHS told the Times, ““We recognize not all women are able to breast-feed for a variety of reasons. These women should have the choice and access to alternatives for the health of their babies, and not be stigmatized for the ways in which they are able to do so.”
Smash cut to…
The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breast feeding must be called out. The U.S. strongly supports breast feeding but we don’t believe women should be denied access to formula. Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2018
The tweet isn’t actually a denial of the Times report, and as Maggie Haberman noted:
He claims the story is false and then backs it up https://t.co/uNMgsXDiOX
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 9, 2018
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