The American Cancer Society (ACS) went after Donald Trump on Thursday after the U.S. president took credit for the cancer rates dropping in the country.
“U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History!” Trump tweeted Thursday. “A lot of good news coming out of this Administration.”
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
But Trump’s little moment of self-glory was shut down when Gary Reedy, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, fact-checked the president.
“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,” he said, CNN reports.
“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,” he said.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) also responded to Trump’s post, tweeting, “Cancer rates dropped before you took office.”
Cancer rates dropped before you took office. Hopefully they keep dropping because Congress rejected your cruel research budgets, which sought billions in CUTS to @NIH and the National Cancer Institute. This is good news despite you – not because of you https://t.co/gxPvAYSPFe
— Debbie Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) January 9, 2020