On Wednesday, a nine-year-old boy hugged President Trump while he signed into law the Right to Try Act during a ceremony at the White House. The endearing moment melted the hearts of those in attendance and those people watching at home.
The little boy, Jordan McLinn of Indianapolis, has muscular dystrophy and was accepted to a right to try program facilitated by his home state of Indiana.
As Fox News Insider reports, the bill provides patients with potentially terminal conditions the opportunity to choose to use experimental treatments that would otherwise be denied because they have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“Today I am proud to keep another promise to the American people as I sign the Right to Try legislation into law,” Trump said ahead of signing the bill into law. “We’re going to be saving tremendous numbers of lives.”
As Trump was still seated, he gave the marker he signed the legislation with to young Jordan. The boy then began to hug the President before pulling away – not wanting to interrupt. Trump felt the brush of the boy’s hand on his back, and the subsequent laugh from the crowd, and embraced the boy. He hugged him a few times and kissed him on the head before addressing the crowd. The boy smiled.
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Jordan McLinn, a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patient from Indianapolis, attempts to hug President @realDonaldTrump after he signed the “Right to Try Act.” After two missed tries, the commander in chief shares an embrace with the young boy. https://t.co/9YObwWgxog pic.twitter.com/WlLZja03DJ
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During another exchange with the boy, Trump said he would have won the presidency ten years earlier if he had the boys smile and hair (see the video here).
The boy and his mother appeared on “Fox & Friends” to share more of their story.
Per Fox News Insider:
Jordan and his mother, Laura McLinn, appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Saturday to share their story and how the Right to Try bill will help families like theirs.
Laura revealed that when Jordan was almost four years old, he was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal muscle-wasting disease that affects approximately one in 3,500 boys.
More than five years later, Jordan is part of a clinical trial and he’s doing great.
His mother said the family continued to campaign for Right to Try because it could give patients like Jordan access to potentially life-saving medications.
She said she wanted to give a big “thank you” to President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who has also been a longtime supporter of the measure dating back to his days as governor of Indiana.
“There are just no other words,” Laura said about the program being signed into law at a national level. “We’re just so honored and grateful that they were so supportive of Right to Try and just helped us get this across the finish line.”
Here’s more on the new law, from Associated Press:
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana was one of the co-authors of the bipartisan bill.
“This will give folks the chance, in many cases, to try medications that have not gone all the way through the FDA process, but a good portion of the way through,” Donnelly recently explained on 16 Morning News. “For those in terminal conditions and life-threatening conditions, this is their only chance.”
The bill cleared the House last week following an emotional debate in which Republicans said it would help thousands of people in search of hope. Many Democrats said the measure was dangerous and would give patients false hope.
Trump embraced the plan during his State of the Union address, saying people who are terminally ill shouldn’t have to leave the country to seek cures.