On Wednesday, President Trump signed into law the Right to Try Act, which gives patients who have life-threatening illnesses the right to use experimental medications that have not yet been approved by the 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 stated during the signing ceremony in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus. “We’re going to be saving tremendous numbers of lives.”
.@POTUS: “Today, I’m proud to keep another promise to the American people as I sign the ‘Right to Try’ legislation into law.” pic.twitter.com/xHmmhunrra
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He gave his pen to a smiling little boy — seven-year-old Jordan McLinn — who was sitting patiently in a wheelchair next to his desk. McLinn is battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness, as well as a shortened lifespan.
While the president was handing out pens to the other guests in the room, the little fella moved in for a hug, but the president didn’t notice him. Unfazed, McLinn tried a second time, but Trump still didn’t notice the adorable boy, who tried to look as nonchalant as possible as the room erupted in nervous laughter.
Finally, Trump noticed McLinn and gave him the big hug he was hoping for — and a kiss on the head to boot: