Infant Trump fouls baby nutrition

How much worse can it get? We already wake up each morning dreading the daytime nightmare of the Trump Administration. We’re beyond being embarrassed and shamed by our president and find ourselves cheering the 250,000 Britons who demonstrated against Trump, flying the Trump Baby, a perfect emblem for this childish, shallow and selfish man.

Trump’s toddler tantrums at NATO were disgusting, as was his arrogant and unbelievably boorish behavior in Britain, insulting the prime minister and disrespecting the 92-year-old queen. His shameful comments supporting Putin over our intelligence agencies and our very democracy were deeply painful to watch. What must the world think of us?

Back at home, Trump has been unable to reunite all the children snatched from their immigrant parents, despite a court order to do so. Then, he pardoned two convicted arsonists—ranchers Dwight and Steve Hammond—who, according to federal prosecutors, started fires on public lands in Oregon to hide their poaching. This is a man our local U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, our U.S. Senator Dean Heller, and our attorney general and would-be governor Adam Laxalt support?

Intentionally starting wildfires on public lands is such an obvious threat to firefighters and wildlife, it should be easy to condemn. Nevada’s junior U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto had no problem doing so, using strong language in a written release. “Trump’s pardon sends the message that there are no consequences for committing arson in our public lands. … The president is constitutionally obligated to uphold the rule of law, defend our court system and support members of law enforcement, not undermine them.”

No public comments about the pardon were provided by Heller or Laxalt. Amodei’s spokesperson rationalized his silence to the Reno Gazette Journal by saying since it was a presidential pardon, “We’re going to sit this one out.” None of them want to risk criticizing Trump in any way for fear of inspiring a Twitter attack from the vindictive commander-in-chief. Or perhaps they agree with the president’s decision. We don’t know because they won’t tell us.

My personal rage reached new heights when I learned that Trump directed our representatives at the World Health Assembly summit in Geneva to oppose a May resolution intended to promote breastfeeding, choosing instead to side with the corporations that manufacture baby formula. As a Peace Corps volunteer at a Center for Malnourished Children in the Dominican Republic in the late ‘70s, I saw babies die from malnutrition and its associated diseases while their mothers spent their meager funds on baby formula dumped in the country by Nestle and other manufacturers. Company representatives would travel to our remote village to deliver samples, claiming the formula would enable Dominican babies to grown up strong and healthy, like American babies. But when the expired formula was mixed or diluted with the dirty, parasitic river water, its nutritional value was seriously compromised. Babies died. It’s not something you can forget, or forgive.

Ecuador introduced the resolution to promote breastfeeding and limit the promotion of formula products in hospitals when women give birth. Every health professional in the U.S. knows the benefits of breastfeeding, but nevertheless, our country threatened Ecuador with trade sanctions and the withdrawal of some military aid if they didn’t drop the resolution. Ecuador acquiesced, and then we threatened other countries who wanted to take Ecuador’s place. Finally, Russia stood up to the U.S. bullying and introduced the resolution, which eventually passed but only after the U.S. doggedly lobbied to change the language to protect the economic interests of baby food and formula manufacturers.

The Spanish word for shameful is much more powerful when hurled at someone face to face, but I use it here in its most literal and insulting sense. Sin verguenza.Ω