The president made an ass of himself on Twitter again, and while this has become the American norm, the relentlessness and ridiculousness of Trump’s entire approach at life in general is so second-hand embarrassing that it’s hard to watch him speak, or even read words that he himself has typed. Many of Trump’s word salads were unwarranted attacks on anyone who had a negative opinion of him, and that’s exactly what happened Monday afternoon when Trump responded to an article the NY Times published Sunday about the formula industry.
According to that article:
“A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly. Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.”
“Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations. American officials 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.”
Trump immediately went crazy upon reading the article, leaving many to wonder, why does he care so much about the formula industry? Check out his most recent tweet:
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
Now, the NY Times has issued a response piece about Trump’s Twitter attack and his reasoning for concern about something he’s never shown interest in before. According to that article:
“It was not surprising. In fact, it’s just one of several recent examples of the administration’s zeal for badgering weaker countries into tossing public health concerns aside to serve powerful business interests. The baby formula industry is worth $70 billion and, as breast-feeding has become more popular in more developed countries, it has pinned its hopes for growth on developing ones.”
The publication continued, hitting Trump with a hard dose of comeback:
“President Trump’s contention on Twitter Monday, that women need access to formula because of malnutrition, defies both science and common sense: the overwhelming balance of evidence tells us that breast milk is the most nutritious option for infants, by far. Among many other benefits, it has the potential to ward off diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections, both of which are prevalent in low-income countries.”
Even people in Trump’s Twitter comments were displeased by the post. We saved some of the best reactions for you below: