* You probably saw something about this yesterday…
Donald Trump asked Robert Kennedy Jr., a proponent of a widely discredited theory that vaccines cause autism, to chair a new commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, according to Kennedy.
The stunning move would contradict established science, medicine and the government’s position on the issue. It comes after Trump - who has long been critical of vaccines - met at Trump Tower with Kennedy, who has spearheaded efforts to roll back child vaccination laws.
Trump transition officials did not respond to requests for comment on the commission.
Speaking to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, on Tuesday, Kennedy said that Trump called him to request the meeting, and he accepted the position on the new commission. It is unclear exactly what role the commission would play.
Team Trump later put out a release calling it an “autism commission,” not a vaccine commission, and claiming that no final decisions have been made at this time.
* Anyway, I told you this story because Robert Kennedy Jr.’s brother Chris is talking about running for governor. So, I wondered whether the two shared Robert’s view on vaccines and autism.
Chris comes from a big family, I was told, and members of that family hold different views on various issues. And on this issue, I was informed, Chris Kennedy does not agree with his brother.