The American Cancer Society was forced to issue a rare and stunning response after Donald Trump tried to claim early this morning, that a record drop in the US cancer death rate, was due to his own administration.
“U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History!” Trump posted this morning. “A lot of good news coming out of this Administration.” He clearly took credit for the US cancer death rate having had its largest single-year decrease ever reported. Trump’s response was in fact directly to the American Cancer Society’s own report that revealed the drop, which is why they responded today.
U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History! A lot of good news coming out of this Administration.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2020
Chief Executive Officer for the American Cancer Society Gary Reedy responded to Trump’s claim and completely refuted it. This is a big deal folks. Reedy issued the following statement, “Since taking office, the president has signed multiple spending bills that have included increases in funding for cancer research at the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute — though the impact of those increases are not reflected in the data contained in this report.”
Reedy continued, “The administration has an opportunity to significantly impact future declines in both cancer incidence and mortality by increasing access to comprehensive health care, supporting robust and sustained increases in federal funding for cancer research and passing and implementing evidence-based tobacco control policies.”
This is just pathetically bad for the president. He doesn’t even have the Cancer Society on his side. This was preventable too, because the data released today showed a decline in the cancer rate between 2016 and 2017. Trump wasn’t even in office yet in 2016!