Trade sanctions. Withdrawal of military aid. The Trump administration used both to try to block a measure that was considered uncontroversial and embraced by countries around the world.

Promoting breastfeeding.

The US…

…turned to threats, according to diplomats and government officials who took part in the discussions. Ecuador, which had planned to introduce the measure, was the first to find itself in the cross hairs.

The Americans were blunt: If Ecuador refused to drop the resolution, Washington would unleash punishing trade measures and withdraw crucial military aid. The Ecuadorean government quickly acquiesced.

All of this to protect the baby formula companies in the US. Nice one.

Source: U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials – The New York Times

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