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Feature Christmas 2019: Sweet Little Lies

“Calling Dr Trump”

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 09 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6655
  1. Joanne Silberner, features editor
  1. The BMJ
  1. jsilberner{at}

Fake news from a fake doctor? US president Donald Trump has been making medical pronouncements since long before he became president. In 2019, the tradition continued, reports Joanne Silberner

Doctors have seen lots of encroachments on their areas of expertise—TV doctors, fictional characters, the patient with a stack of printouts from Dr Internet. But perhaps the oddest wannabe is someone with no relevant credentials at all: US president Donald Trump. Here’s a sample of his thoughts on various health matters.

On vaccination

He’s swung from being an antivaxer to promoting vaccination.

In March 2014 he tweeted: “Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes—AUTISM. Many such cases!”1

Six months later he tweeted a revised position, but one that still went against recommendations. “I’m not against vaccinations for your children, I’m against them in 1 massive dose. Spread them out over a period of …

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