Washington (CNN) – When first lady Melania Trump unveiled her “Be Best” platform last year, a key pillar of her signature initiative was promoting the “well-being” of children. But as a measles outbreak threatens the well-being of some US children, the first lady herself has yet to weigh in on vaccinations, thus far declining to speak out on a critical topic.
Celebrating one year of Be Best in the White House Rose Garden Tuesday, Trump highlighted her efforts promoting children’s kindness, healthy living and respect, as well as a newly expanded focus on online safety and talking about the dangers of opioid abuse. National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins was invited to the podium to make brief remarks, and he emphatically said something the first lady didn’t.
“To make an important and timely point, vaccines are a highly safe and effective line of defense against measles and other infectious diseases. So if you want your kids to Be Best, do what the President said last week: get them to get their shots,” Collins said to applause. A spokesperson for the NIH declined to comment further.
The first lady’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment to this story. Her opinions on vaccinations remain unclear.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 764 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 23 states from January 1 to May 3 of this year, marking “the greatest number of cases reported in the US since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.”
The highly contagious disease can spread among those who are unvaccinated, leaving the nation’s infants, who generally the first of two doses of receive the measles vaccination when they are 12 months old, extremely vulnerable.
Health officials blame the rise of vaccine-preventable diseases, including measles, on an increase in anti-vaccine rhetoric.
Melania’s silence on vaccines suggests she may have taken a similar stance to her husband President Trump, who has criticized the dangers of untested vaccines over the years.
“Autism has become an epidemic. Twenty-five years ago, 35 years ago, you look at the statistics, not even close,” Trump said in 2015. “It has gotten totally out of control. I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time.”
If you think my baby’s system can handle the antigens for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, HepB, varicella, Hib, and more all at once but cannot handle a wild measles virus, you might be an idiot.
— Miley 😎 (@Mileystan3) May 11, 2019
President Trump spoke out many times about the dangers of vaccinating young children before he became president. Alex exposes the globalist agenda to use vaccines for population control.