Trump favors industry over breastfeeding mothers in poorer countries

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The World Health Organization was all set to pass an innocuous resolution to encourage mothers in developing countries to breastfeed their babies when, catering to the interests of the companies that sell baby formula on the international market, Trump administration representatives tried to scuttle the resolution. President Trump weighed in with a tweet erroneously stating that formula was necessary to fight malnutrition. Trump and his team failed in their effort, perhaps because everyone else involved knew how the formula makers have engaged in unethical marketing practices to protect their $70 billion industry. Apparently, that did not matter to the Trump administration. For them, as usual, the interests of industry rank far higher than the concerns of poor people.

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