OCALA, Fl. – President Donald J. Trump on Thursday said he may have no choice but to issue an executive order suspending the upcoming 2020 U.S. presidential election in order to give lawmakers and public health officials more time to assess the ongoing vaping crisis which has gripped the nation since early August.
“We have a tremendous problem in our country in terms of vaping. You have these people who are young and quite frankly very innocent and they want to be cool, they want to be captain of the football team, so they start vaping,” President Trump told reporters moments before boarding Air Force One. “And what’s happening is very many of them are dying as a result and nobody really knows why. So I’ve told my people, let’s forget about the election until we can figure out what the hell is going on.”
Coming on the heels of a recent study by the FDA which revealed that children under the age of eighteen find the taste of tobacco “physically repulsive,” President Trump in early September announced he was taking steps to implement a nationwide ban on the sale of non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes. “I said I think it’s a mental health problem but I’ve spoken to many doctors and they’ve told me it might be something else. Frankly, I think they have no idea what, but nobody does and it’s very scary,” the president said at the time.
On Thursday, President Trump announced he has ordered Attorney General William Barr and FDA commissioner Norman Sharpless to “get to the bottom of this vaping crisis” before more lives are lost. “We’re looking into many things. We’re looking into Mexico; we’re looking into Hunter Biden’s relationship with the vaping industry; very possibly Adam Schiff might be involved – at this point we don’t know but I will tell you we have some of the best people looking into it,” the president said.
The vaping crisis has killed upwards of twelve people in the last six months making it the most devastating epidemic in modern U.S. history since a 2012 meningitis outbreak believed to have been caused by contaminated steroid medication left thirty-six people dead.