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The U.S didn’t want Ecuador to endorse breastfeeding

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American real estate developer and presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up an unidentified infant during a campaign rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida, November 5, 2016. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)

That title, unfortunately, isn’t some bizarre joke written by the Common Room.  The New York Times is out again with some interesting information on the Trump Administration. Over the weekend,   the country of Ecuador apparently proposed a rightful  UN resolution that would encourage and eventually endorse breastfeeding on a worldwide scale.

Ironically,   the U.S,  turned around and threatened Ecuador with a trade war and sanctions against its military and the revocation of its military aid if it went through with the resolution. But, per the Times, it gets more interesting from there.

Instead of flat-out voicing its  distaste with the measure,  the U.S,  turned around and supported Russia’s apparent move on the measure but denied Ecuador the right to do just that.  The U.S is only apparently approving of any UN related measures if it comes from Russia.

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.

The showdown over the issue was recounted by more than a dozen participants from several countries, many of whom requested anonymity because they feared retaliation from the United States.

Health advocates scrambled to find another sponsor for the resolution, but at least a dozen countries, most of them poor nations in Africa and Latin America, backed off, citing fears of retaliation, according to officials from Uruguay, Mexico and the United States.

Eventually, it was Russia that decided to introduce the measure. Interestingly enough, the United States did not threaten Russia like it did Ecuador. The resolution ended up passing, though the U.S. did succeed in getting the language altered slightly.


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