On Tuesday Donald Trump met with Robert Kennedy Jr.
According to incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer, the pair met to discuss “issues pertaining to vaccines and immunizations,” and following their discussion, Kennedy told reporters that Trump asked him to “chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity,” and that he agreed to the role.
Kennedy, the eldest son of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, has long argued that certain vaccines may cause autism…a claim not supported by scientific evidence and widely viewed as a conspiracy theory. Trump, too, has argued the same.
Before running for president, in March 2014, he wrote on Twitter: “Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!”
If I were President I would push for proper vaccinations but would not allow one time massive shots that a small child cannot take – AUTISM.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2014
Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2014