A retired Lieutenant General , Mark Hertling ripped Ivanka Trump for a tweet on children’s fitness.
“We need to promote healthy lifestyles for America’s youth,” Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser, tweeted. “In a recent survey, 9.5 million U.S. children reported that they did NOT once participate in any of over 100 sports or activities listed.”
Hertling was quick to respond that there is an existing council to encourage healthy lifestyles that has stalled under her father’s administration.
“Ummm…there’s this thing called the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition. Been around 60 years,” Hertling tweeted on Sunday. “Used to have 25 appointees…I was one of them. @MichelleObamahelped & generated momentum in this area. No one is on the Council now. @FitnessGov. Check it out.”
Hertling was appointed to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in 2013 under former President Obama.
In February, President Trump expanded the number of council members, from 25 to 30, but has yet to appoint any members. Holli Richmond was appointed as executive director last month.
The council serves under the secretary of Health and Human Services and the website still lists members as “to be announced” as of Mondayafternoon.
Hertling pointed out on Twitter that former first lady Michelle Obamaadvocated for healthy school lunches and active lifestyles while in the White House. She founded the “Let’s Move” initiative in 2010