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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Trump and Vaccines

Yesterday, Trump took questions from reporters before borading Marine One.
Q Mr. President, measles cases are increasing. What do you tell parents?
THE PRESIDENT: Speak. Up, up. You got a heli- —
 What do you tell parents about getting their kids vaccinated?
Q Measles.
THE PRESIDENT: Oh. They have to get the shot. The vaccinations are so important. This is really going around now. They have to get their shot.
The comments were Trump's first on vaccines since taking office.  Some reports indicate that it was a shift for Trump, but in the past, he claimed to be "totally pro-vaccine" even as he was pushing the dangerous lie that combination vaccines cause autism. (Antivax nuts such as Rep. Bill Posey also claim to be "pro-vaccine.')    He has never retracted his comments on vaccines and autism, and he did not do so yesterday.