On Wednesday at the International Trade Centre in Washington, DC, Donald Trump gave an incoherent speech about human organs ahead of his signing an executive order that directs the government to develop policies addressing kidney-related health issues in Americans.
The goal is for the new policies to reduce the life-threatening disease by 25 percent over the next 11 years. The Trump administration also promised to move patients on dialysis away from commercial treatments in centers to more low-cost, in-home treatments and will offer reimbursements for those who’ve lost wages during their battle with kidney disease,
During the speech, Trump stated that the kidneys have “a very special place in the heart”.
“You’ve worked so hard on these things, you’ve worked so hard on the kidney, very special, the kidney has a very special place in the heart, it’s an incredible thing,” Trump said.
“People that have to go this … people have loved ones that are working so hard to stay alive, they have to work so hard. There’s an esprit de corps spirit like you see rarely on anything, so I just want to thank all you folks for being here, it’s really fantastic, and it’s truly an exciting day for advancing kidney health in our country,” Trump rambled.
Clearly, Trump does not know where the kidney is located or what its job is. The NHS states that the kidneys, which filter waste out of the body, are actually located at the back of the body below the ribs.
The video was shared online by a Twitter user, journalist Aaron Rupar. Twitter users quickly caught on to the gaffe and had a field day with it.
Joe Grogan, head of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, said kidney disease, the ninth-leading cause of death in America, costs US taxpayers $110bn every year – more than the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Homeland Security and Nasa combined.