'Vaccine Conspiracy Theorist' to Maybe Head Trump Vaccine Commission

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. met with Trump on Tuesday
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2017 6:55 PM CST
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. arrives in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, for a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – An "outspoken vaccine conspiracy theorist" says he's been tapped by Donald Trump to "chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity," the Atlantic reports. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. met with Trump on Tuesday, saying Trump, like himself, "has some doubts about the current vaccine policies." Both Trump and Kennedy have expressed belief in a nonexistent connection between vaccines and autism. According to the Los Angeles Times, Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks isn't confirming the existence of a vaccine commission. "The president-elect looks forward to continuing the discussion about all aspects of autism with many groups and individuals," she says. But if a Kennedy-led vaccine commission is created, the Atlantic says it would be "deeply troubling for proponents of evidence-based medicine." (Read more Robert F. Kennedy Jr. stories.)

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