Jul 9, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Trump defends decision to not back UN breastfeeding resolution

Donald Trump speaks with mouth open before a blue sky wearing a white USA hat.

President Trump. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump defended the U.S. move to not back a UN resolution promoting breastfeeding as the healthiest options for babies, tweeting Monday that the intention was to send the message that women should not be denied access to milk formula since they “need this option because of malnutrition and poverty.”

Why it matters: Trump said he thinks the U.S. “strongly supports breast feeding,” and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promotes programs to encourage breastfeeding in the U.S. The NYT article on Sunday said the U.S. delegation was "embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers."

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