Trump blasts 'fake' NYT story on USA opposition to breastfeeding measure

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"U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials", blared the article's headline.

Several other countries backed away from sponsoring the resolution in fear of USA threats.

"The failing NY Times Fake News story today about breast feeding must be called out", Trump tweeted.

Trump wrote, "The U.S. strongly supports breast feeding but we don't believe women should be denied access to formula". The measure was introduced, however, once Russian Federation stepped in.

Media are reporting on how the USA threatened Ecuador with trade sanctions if it did not back off a resolution meant to promote breastfeeding around the world at a Geneva convention this spring for the United Nations' World Health Assembly.

The Ecuadorian delegation, for instance, was expected to introduce the resolution but was weaned off the idea after the United States threatened to impose harmful trade measures and withdraw military assistance-which the U.S. is providing in the northern part of the country to help address violence spilling over the border from Colombia.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defended the USA delegation's approach.

"The issues being debated were not about whether one supports breastfeeding", Caitlin Oakley, national spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement.

"We recognize not all women are able to breastfeed for a variety of reasons". It added that "not all women are able to breastfeed", and they "should have the choice and access to alternatives".

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In talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Americans have been pushing for language that would limit the ability of Canada, Mexico and the United States to put warning labels on junk food and sugary beverages, according to a draft of the proposal reviewed by The New York Times. Infant formula companies "use aggressive, clandestine and often illegal methods to target mothers in the poorest parts of the world to encourage them to choose powdered milk over breastfeeding", the report said.

An Ecuadorian official said that his government did not anticipate the harshness of America's response.

The confrontation was the latest example of the Trump administration siding with corporate interests on numerous public health and environmental issues. "At what point do they start laughing at us as a country?"

The Americans also sought, unsuccessfully, to thwart a World Health Organization effort aimed at helping poor countries obtain access to lifesaving medicines.

Hundreds of government delegates had gathered at the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly in Geneva in May. What is at stake: breastfeeding saves women and children's lives.

The Times reported that the baby food market is a $70 billion industry.

The United States tried to stop a pro-breastfeeding resolution at the United Nations, but ultimately failed.

In a 2011 deposition, he became enraged when lawyer Elizabeth Beck asked for a break to pump breast milk for her infant daughter.