Trump places RFK Jr. in Charge of New Commission on Vaccine Safety
Trump puts RFK Jr – who has railed against a vaccine ‘holocaust’ – in charge of new commission on vaccine safety
President-elect Donald Trump invited Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to meet at Trump Tower
He is placing Kennedy, the son of RFK and nephew of President Kennedy, in charge of a new commission on ‘vaccine safety and scientific integrity’
Says he is ‘very pro-vaccine’ but wants to make sure they are ‘as safe as they possibly can be’
Kennedy has spoken of an unproven link between vaccines and autism
Trump has repeatedly linked vaccines to autism in his remarks and tweets
RFK becomes the first Democrat to accept a Trump-appointed role
By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 15:01 EST, 10 January 2017 | Updated: 04:15 EST, 11 January 2017
President-elect Donald Trump has tapped a Kennedy – and a vaccine skeptic – to run a new commission on the safety of vaccines.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revealed his new role after a meeting at Trump Tower on Tuesday.
He said Trump had asked him to head a commission on ‘vaccine safety and scientific integrity’ and that he had agreed to do so.
Both Trump and Kennedy have have raised suspicions about vaccines despite their overwhelming support among scientists and physicians as a way to prevent the spread of deadly diseases that can infect infants and other children when the pool of protected people is diminished.
Kennedy said the purpose would be ‘to make sure we have scientific integrity in the vaccine process for efficacy and safety effects.’
The vaccine skeptic is the most prominent Democrat to accept an assignment from President-elect Trump
‘President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it,’ Kennedy told reporters Tuesday
‘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,’ Kennedy added.
‘And that everybody ought to be able to be assured that the vaccines that we have – he’s very pro-vaccine, as am I – but they’re as safe as they possibly can be.’
Kennedy last year said vaccines were causing a ‘holocaust’ among children – he later apologized for using the loaded term.
Kennedy’s appointment marries vaccine skeptics on the left and right, notwithstanding the widespread scientific consensus on the benefit of vaccine use on a population.
Trump tweeted about vaccines in 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!’ he wrote.
In another 2014 tweet, he wrote: ‘Lots of autism and vaccine response. Stop these massive doses immediately. Go back to single, spread out shots! What do we have to lose.’