At a World Health Assembly in Geneva, the US came out against a resolution supporting breast feeding, and forced Ecuador, the initial sponsor of the resolution, to withdraw under threat of trade sanctions.
The measure eventually passed when the Russians stepped in as sponsor.
One analysis is that the Trump administration was supporting the interests of big pharmaceutical companies and baby formula manufacturers, the biggest of which is Nestle, a Swiss company. By independent accounts, the big pharmaceuticals were out in force at the conference.
Who are the top manufacturers in infant formula? Most aren’t US companies, so why did Trump make the effort to help them?
To the world, the Russians look like the good guys, while the Americans are “anything for profits.”
Is that how you want the world to think of you? Unreliable. No morals. Stupid.
A German parade featured a float showing a Russian Bear humping Trump. You can find the pic on Facebook. I didn’t want to show it here. Just how low can the US go?
- Eli Watkins, “US threatened nations over breastfeeding resolution,” CNN, July 8, 2018. https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/08/politics/world-health-assembly-breastfeeding/index.html
- Heather Marcoux, “Report: Health officials shocked by U.S. opposition of breastfeeding resolution” Motherly, July 8, 2018. https://www.mother.ly/news/report-health-officials-shocked-by-u-s-opposition-of-breastfeeding-resolution
- “U.S. opposes international resolution to promote breast-feeding,” Axios, July 8, 2018. https://www.axios.com/united-states-opposes-united-nations-resolution-promote-breast-feeding-8f2e95b6-de3f-4834-8cd3-1a3785971a16.html
- Andrew Jacobs, “U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials,” The New York Times, July 8, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/08/health/world-health-breastfeeding-ecuador-trump.html?nl=top-stories&nlid=57250219ries&ref=cta
- Biraj Swain, “71st World Health Assembly: Hits, misses and a few things in between,” Newslaundry, June 19, 2018. https://www.newslaundry.com/2018/06/19/71st-world-health-assembly-hits-misses-and-a-few-things-in-between