Why ‘Toy Soldiers’ were banned from America’s toy stores
President Donald Trump has called on Congress to overturn a ban on toy soldiers in his first 100 days.
The White House says the ban was necessary to prevent “fascism” in the toy industry, and says it’s also aimed at curbing the spread of communicable diseases like HIV and the Zika virus.
The president says the measure is part of a broader effort to keep American kids safe from the spread and spread of infectious diseases like measles and cholera.
“The idea that these toys are going to spread to kids that have not had a chance to live in these communities, is just not accurate,” Trump said during an interview with Fox News on Friday.
The toy ban was first introduced by President Barack Obama in 2009, but Trump says he’s “not happy” with the way the government has handled the issue since.
“I’m not happy with the policy of the Department of Health and Human Services,” Trump told Fox News.
“It is really just an embarrassment.”
Trump says that when he was first elected, he wanted to bring back the toy ban, but he says he couldn’t get Congress to do it because he felt the administration was not doing enough to combat the spread.
“This is an issue of human rights, human rights in general, and we have a great deal of things that have to do with that,” Trump continued.
“And you know, we have to make sure that the toys we play with don’t spread communicable disease.”
The president also says that while the toy-making industry has been successful in fighting the spread, he thinks the government is “overreaching” and has allowed the industry to take advantage of people.
“So much of it is about the government trying to take something that’s not their business, taking something that they don’t own and giving it to people,” he said.
“That’s not how it works, and I just don’t understand how it could work.”
The toy-ban ban was lifted in January 2018, but the president says that he has yet to get his way on the issue again.
“We’ve been in touch with the Department [of Health and [Department of Labor] and we’ll see how we do,” he told Fox.
“But I’m not sure we’ll be able to get to a solution because it’s an issue that I’m going to have to go to Congress for a vote.”
“I would say the toy business has been the fastest-growing sector of our economy in recent history, and it’s very important that we continue to be able and to continue to invest in it, and so I think we’ll have to see what happens,” Trump added.
“If we want to continue growing, we need to continue investing in the future of our children, not just the present.”