Anti-vaccine advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. met with President-elect Donald Trump on Jan. 10, at Trump Tower in New York City. Kennedy told journalists that Trump had requested that he "chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity," and that he accepted.
Vaccination safety is already overseen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which states clearly on its website that vaccinations do not cause autism, but Trump and Kennedy have both pushed the debunked theory.
"President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it," Kennedy told reporters. "He says his opinion doesn't matter ... but the science does matter, and we ought to be reading the science and we ought to be debating the science."
In April 2015, Kennedy used the word "holocaust" in reference to millions of kids supposedly injured by vaccinations, although he later apologized for invoking the word, noted the Associated Press.
Business Insider reported in November 2016 that Trump pushed the debunked lie that autism is somehow caused by vaccines in a number of tweets in 2014:
Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes -- AUTISM. Many such cases!
I am being proven right about massive vaccinations -- the doctors lied. Save our children & their future.
I'm not against vaccinations for your children, I'm against them in 1 massive dose. Spread them out over a period of time & autism will drop!
So many people who have children with autism have thanked me -- amazing response. They know far better than fudged up reports!
The debunked claim that vaccines cause autism goes back to a 1998 research study in the British medical journal Lancet, which was later retracted.
Undeterred by that retraction, Trump met with that researcher -- who lost his medical license -- and other anti-vaccine advocates in August 2016, reports Stat News.