Trump Administration Gets All Coked Up

Trump has a red button on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office that allows him an access to a Coke at all times, brought by a trusty butler, the AP reports. PHOTO: Esquire/Redux/Pinterest

To those who argue Donald Trump has no loyalty or that he’s a political neophyte, here’s further proof that you’re wrong.

Without much fanfare, the Trump administration on Friday announced the appointment of Brenda Fitzgerald, 70, to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The federal agency’s stated role is disease prevention and improvement of public health.

Brenda Fitzgerald (right) was an adviser to Representative Newt Gingrich (left). She was also a two-time Republican candidate for Congress.

Fitzgerald is an obstetrician who served as commissioner of the Department of Public Health in the state of Georgia, the second-fattest state in the one of the fattest nations in the world. During her tenure at the department (2011 to 2017), her signature project to tackle childhood obesity was underwritten by Coca-Cola, the sugary beverage tied to childhood obesity and diabetes.

It all makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Well, it does when you consider this: Coca-Cola is headquartered  in Georgia; the company has an ethically questionable history of marketing its products to kids; political pressure has grown to keep sugary beverages out of schools and away from children; and, therefore, the company is trying to align itself scientifically, financially and politically with persons and groups that won’t threaten the company’s bottom line.

Case in point: Did you ever stop to wonder who funds presidential Inauguration Day festivities, such as the inaugural ball? Apparently, much of the funding for comes from individual and corporate donations. President Trump’s inaugural fundraising committee gathered a record $90 million. The list of donors is usually publicized the day of the events. But the Trump administration broke with tradition and withheld the information. Still, donations have to be disclosed to the Federal Election Commission, which has since released some of the details.

It turns out that one of the top donors for Trump’s Inauguration Day festivities was Coca-Cola, though the exact amount it provided is unclear. A company spokesman told The Wall Street Journal the beverage giant made a donation that was “in line” with the $430,000 it gave toward Obama’s 2013 event. To put this into perspective, top (known) donor Boeing provided $1.1 million, Chevron $500,000, Verizon $100,000 and Walmart $150,000. AT&T, Bank of America, Deloit and JPMorgan also made donations of “undisclosed” amount, according to marketing journal Advertising Age.

Coca-Cola also provided generous political donations during the 2016 election cycle. Its PAC, called The Coca-Cola Company Nonpartisan Committee for Good Government raised over $1 million for federal candidates, of which 43% went to Democrats and 57% to Republicans.


To call it “donations” is quite disingenuous. A donation implies that something is given altruistically, with no expectation of something in return. High dollar political donations and contributions should be called by their proper name: investments. Trump knows the game well and played it for decades from the “business donor” side of board, providing fat checks to both parties with the expectation that it would ensure government didn’t get in the way of his business interests. And with his appointment of Fitzgerald, it appears he knows how to play the game from the “political scumbag” side of the board as well.

To be fair and to further illustrate the gravity of the problem, it must be said that Fitzgerald isn’t the first member of the CDC with ties to Coca-Cola, and probably won’t be the last.

HuffPo: In June [2016], Dr. Barbara Bowman, a high-ranking official within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unexpectedly departed the agency, two days after information came to light indicating that she had been communicating regularly with – and offering guidance to – a leading Coca-Cola advocate seeking to influence world health authorities on sugar and beverage policy matters.

Now, more emails suggest that another veteran CDC official has similarly close ties to the global soft drink giant. Michael Pratt, Senior Advisor for Global Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC, has a history of promoting and helping lead research funded by Coca-Cola. Pratt also works closely with the nonprofit corporate interest group set up by Coca-Cola called the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), emails obtained through Freedom of Information requests show.

Pratt did not respond to questions about his work, which includes a position as a professor at Emory University, a private research university in Atlanta that has received millions of dollars from the Coca-Cola Foundation and more than $100 million from famed longtime Coca-Cola leader Robert W. Woodruff and Woodruff’s brother George. Indeed, Coca-Cola’s financial support for Emory is so strong that the university states on its website that “it’s unofficially considered poor school spirit to drink other soda brands on campus.”

CDC spokeswoman Kathy Harben said Pratt had been on a “temporary assignment” to Emory University but his work at Emory “is completed and he is now back on staff at CDC.” […]

3 Comments on Trump Administration Gets All Coked Up

  1. “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The federal agency’s
    role is to promote health and disease prevention, and its goal is to
    improve overall public health.”
    We know this is a colossal lie!

  2. Conservative guy who may have found Hillary’s missing e-mails whilst trying to support Trump, has been found dead in alleged ‘suicide’ after being duped into ‘leaking’ to the CIA fraud Wikileaks … guy choked to death with a bag over his head, but a ‘suicide note’ assures us there was ‘no foul play’ … Wikileaks denies ever having received the files of course

    Peter Smith did not realise that Julian Assange & Wikileaks are CIA frauds, a ‘rat trap’, helping to identify, silence & kill real dissidents who are duped into contacting them … Both Zbig Brzezinski & Israel’s Netanyahu at points admitted that ‘not really living in Ecuador Embassy’ Assange is a CIA-Mossad asset & hoaxer

    CIA fakers Julian Assange & Edward Snowden recommend the TOR browser … Wikileaks insists on TOR to receive ‘leaks’ … TOR was developed by United States Naval Research Laboratory employees working for the US government, & is suspected of having back doors to help US gov identify any users

    The now-dead leaker: Peter W Smith was a longtime opponent of the Clintons, & helped expose the Bill Clinton Troopergate sex scandals. In summer 2016 he began organising hacker experts to look for Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 missing e-mails, & he retrieved some files about which he was uncertain. Smith gave his files to Wikileaks, & he was shortly afterwards found dead.

    “Smith says he eventually turned over the emails to Wikileaks, but the group hasn’t published them, & denies ever having received them … “Smith was found with a bag over his head with a source of helium attached. cause of death as ‘asphyxiation due to displacement of oxygen in confined space with helium.’ … In the [likely fraudulent] note recovered by police, Smith [allegedly] apologised to authorities & said that ‘No Foul Play Whatsoever’ [HA!] was involved in his [own] death.”

    The Wall Street Journal did interview Smith a few days before he died … & then ran a story after his death, trying to make Smith into ‘Russian collusion’ evidence that could bring down Donald Trump. Julian Assange, who has had Rothschild family lawyers, is likely not even ‘living at the London Ecuador Embassy’ as claimed … UK police watching so Assange can be moved in & out?

    Peter Smith found dead after contacting Assange, ZeroHedge story
    Veterans Today Intel Report: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald [& Assange] are CIA frauds
    DOJ Dossier Memo that informed Trump White House & US Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Snowden & Assange are frauds from Obama’s CIA … leading to drop of Swedish ‘rape’ charges

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