President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is “going after” anti-vaxxers, saying that “they’re the ones who are killing children and dying” with vaccine-preventable diseases.
“They’re the people that are killing babies and dying,” Trump said during an interview on Fox News.
“They are the ones that are hurting children and hurting their families and hurting our country.
They are the people who are the true criminals.”
He added: “We’re going to be attacking them.”
On Wednesday, the president’s administration announced that it had approved $4.5 million in grants for anti-advocacy groups to fund their work, with the money to help “provide training to vaccine safety and vaccine efficacy researchers to support the development of vaccine-related research and education materials.”
“We are putting more resources behind the effort,” Trump added.
“We have been working with the CDC, the CDC has been working.
They’ve been working very hard, and we’re going after them.”
In the interview, Trump said the administration has been “working with the pharmaceutical companies to make vaccines safer” and that the “crisis is real, and they’re killing children.”
“I think they’re going for it.
And I think we’re the problem,” he said.
“I’m sure they’ll come up with some other way to make money, but we’re in the middle of it, and I think they’ll find a way to get it done.”
“They have to be stopped,” Trump continued.
“And I think the only way we’re gonna get it through is by having the American people, the American taxpayer, come out and make their voices heard and say enough is enough.
And you’ve got to be very strong and very clear, but the American public is getting tired of this.”
Trump was also asked about a new measles outbreak in the United States, where a rash of cases has prompted fears of a pandemic.
“We’re not at that point yet, but you can bet the American citizens are,” Trump replied.
“But we’ll have a much more accurate picture when we get through this.”
The president also spoke about the threat posed by a Trump administration agenda.
“I’m not going to tell you that this is going to solve all of the problems that we’re facing,” Trump told Fox News, but “this is going.
And we’re doing it.””
You see, I know it’s hard to do, but this is what we’re getting into, and the country is sick,” he added.