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Trump reportedly asks Robert Kennedy Jr. to chair commission on vaccines
Flu vaccine skeptic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. revealed on Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump asked him to lead a new commission on vaccines.
A spokesperson for Trump’s transition confirmed that the President-elect is mulling a plan to form a commission on autism, which affects thousands of families across the nation; however no decision has been made yet.
Clarifying Trump’s stance, Hope Hicks said, “The President-elect enjoyed his discussion with Robert Kennedy Jr. on a range of issues and appreciates his thoughts and ideas. [He] is exploring the possibility of forming a commission on autism; however no decisions have been made at this time.”
Hicks added that Trump, a Republican known for his controversial views on a range of topics, would continue to discuss all aspects of autism with a number of groups and individuals.
Kennedy Jr. is a proponent of a broadly dishonored theory that vaccines cause autism among kids. He has spearheaded efforts to force government to roll back child vaccination laws.
If Trump really chooses him to lead a commission on vaccines, it would be a move against established medical science and the government’s stance on the issue.