The Donald Trump transition team announced Tuesday that the president-elect would be meeting with prominent anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to discuss vaccine policy.
Kennedy believes that vaccines cause autism, and that that U.S. government is actively covering up the link between the mercury in vaccines and mental disability. There is no evidence that vaccines cause autism or other mental disorders. Those claims stem from a falsified 1998 study, and the author was subsequently stripped of his medical license.
Trump has publicly supported the belief that vaccines cause autism in the past:
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
Trump reiterated his support during the presidential election. “Just the other day, 2 years old, a beautiful child, went to have the vaccine and came back and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic,” he said during one debate.
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