Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted a New York Times article titled "Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials."
Along with the article Clinton included the following caption:
How many ways can this administration show us they don’t care about kids? Another example of rejecting science and putting corporate interests before babies. These are the stories that will get lost in the shuffle and do lasting damage to people everywhere.
How many ways can this administration show us they don’t care about kids? Another example of rejecting science & putting corporate interests before babies. These are the stories that will get lost in the shuffle & do lasting damage to people everywhere.https://t.co/V2QKJmkMug— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 10, 2018
It would seem Clinton objected to this passage from the Times article:
American officials sought to water down the resolution by removing language that called on governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding” and another passage that called on policymakers to restrict the promotion of food products that many experts say can have deleterious effects on young children.
Many supporters agreed with her.
it'll cut into the sale of formula...greed wins again...and the US is diminishing it's role of innovator over crony capitalism....who cares that science and the health of the child is ignored? WE DO!!!!— Toni (@pelie4) July 10, 2018
No principles or moral to this people who wants to favor big corporations! This make no sense in any case! What is happening with human behaviors!— EmmaBeltran (@ebeltran21) July 10, 2018
Clinton wasn't the only one shocked by the article.
Ecuador wanted to encourage breast feeding around the world. The world said "Good idea!" But then, prompted by infant formula makers, US officials threatened to pull Ecuador's foreign aid and military support unless they killed the resolution https://t.co/CSmWYZSnMl— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) July 8, 2018
A resolution encouraging breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly by government delegates at the World Health Assembly. Then the US delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations. https://t.co/bT3pPmRGTF— Amarnath Amarasingam (@AmarAmarasingam) July 8, 2018
But HuffPost senior reporter Zach Carter suggested this was business as usual for American politics. In an extended thread, Carter broke down the history of U.S. trade when it comes to health.
It doesn't look good for anyone involved.
The thread ended with:
15. All of which is to say, what Trump is doing on baby formula is awful. But also par for the course.— Zach Carter (@zachdcarter) July 8, 2018