Former first lady Michelle Obama on Friday slammed the Trump administration’s decision to delay a federal requirement aimed at improving nutritional standards for school lunches.
According to NBC5 Chicago, Obama said parents should stop and “think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap.”
Responding to reports that Trump Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was considering delaying a requirement to lower sodium levels in school meals and that he would continue to waive a requirement that schools serve more whole grain food, Obama criticized the rationale behind the moves.
“If we want to make this country great, our kids need to be healthy,” Obama said. “Not some, but all.”
“You want to talk about nanny state and government intervention, well, ‘you just buy the food and be quiet and you don’t need to know what is in it,’” Obama said. “That is essentially what a move like this is saying to you moms.”
“It’s not politics, it’s parenting,” Obama added.
Last month, the American Heart Association blasted the Trump Administration’s decision in a statement from the group’s CEO, Nancy Brown.
“Improving children’s health should be a top priority for the USDA, and serving more nutritious foods in schools is a clear-cut way to accomplish this goal,” she said, adding that the current standards are already working and that 99 percent of schools are in compliance.
“Rather than altering the current path forward, we hope the agency focuses more on providing technical assistance that can help schools get across the finish line, if they haven’t done so already.”
You can watch Michelle Obama’s response, below:
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