Michelle Obama criticizes Trump school lunch decision

Marsha Scott
May 13, 2017

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, supported by Obama, gave schools nutrition rules for the food they provided children through programs paid for by the government.

Sources also indicate that Obama seems to think the Trump administration's decision to loosen regulations on school food is either a petty attempt to undermine her husband's former policies, or an issue of politicizing things that, in her opinion, just don't need to be politicized. "Why would that be political?"

"Moms, think about this", she began, questioning the motives behind this controversial choice.

Michelle Obama has criticised the Trump administration for rolling back her children's health initiative aimed at cutting childhood obesity by serving healthier meals in schools.

Without mentioning Trump by name or singling out the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue who announced his plan to "make school lunches great again" earlier this month, Obama made her very clear what she thought of the president and his administration's move.

"So we should be driving this", she concluded. Seemingly liberated from her official role, Obama was by turns combative, exasperated, feisty, incredulous, passionate, peeved and sardonic. "So why are we still scaring people about salt?"

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During her closing remarks Friday, Obama was sure to remind her audience that she would stand by them.

"And I hope you have health care", she added, in another dig at Trump. But, like any good mom, she's still looking out for the kids who aren't hers, too.

At the time, Perdue praised the former first lady and her work on public health, and insisted his policies were not a "rollback". But she didn't hide her feelings when the moderator - the former executive director of Let's Move! - brought up another recent change and one being considered. When she later learned he was a chef helping families to better their diets, he came to their Chicago home when her two daughters were young. "This wasn't 'fake news, '" she said.

It's been a whirlwind week for Kass, who appeared Tuesday in Milan with former President Barack Obama at a conference on food and climate change.

Former first lady Michelle Obama was back on stage doing what she's known to do: talking about childhood obesity and making Americans healthier. "We'll get your check". So you have to ask yourself, what's going on, because I don't get it. Some schools and parents accused the First Lady of making school meals unpalatable for children, while imperiling the finances of cafeterias and increasing food waste.

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