Donald Trump tends to take credit for the good things that are happening in America. He often pats himself on the back for the high performing stock market and low unemployment rates. Those positives, however, began back in Barack Obama’s tenure.
Amid the Qasem Soleimani situation and impeachment trial, America could use a piece of good news. They got some this week with a report that Cancer death rate has dropped to its lowest point in history. Trump, as is his way, was quick to award credit for the news to his administration.
The US Cancer Society wrote, “As of 2016, the cancer death rate for men and women combined had fallen 27% from its peak in 1991. This decline translates to about 1.5% per year and more than 2.6 million deaths avoided between 1991 and 2016.”
On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted, “U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History! A lot of good news coming out of this Administration.”
Critics pointed out that this has nothing to do with Trump or his administration. Physician Eugune Gu wrote, “This has nothing to do with Trump but everything to do with reduced tobacco smoking rates which causes lung cancer, bladder cancer, and so many other types of deadly malignancies.”
This has nothing to do with Trump but everything to do with reduced tobacco smoking rates which causes lung cancer, bladder cancer, and so many other types of deadly malignancies.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) January 9, 2020
There have also been claims that Trump’s environmental rollbacks could create more cancer cases. Former EPA Administrator Gina Wheeler said of the new policy, “With this rule, EPA does virtually nothing to address its obligation to regulate carbon dioxide and confirms its support of the coal industry at the expense of our health and our children’s future.”