Trump to 8-year-old: ‘If I had that head of hair I would have been president so long ago’

Trump to 8-year-old: ‘If I had that head of hair I would have been president so long ago’
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An eight-year-old boy whose mother helped push legislation giving terminally ill patients access to experimental treatments got some special attention from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE as he signed the "right-to-try" measure into law on Wednesday.

As Trump delivered remarks at the bill's signing ceremony, he reached over and grabbed Jordan McLinn's hand. 

"If I looked like that I would have been president 10 years earlier," Trump said. "If I had that face — if I had that head of hair I would have been president so long ago. That’s great."

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McLinn also received one of the pens that Trump used to sign the "right-to-try" legislation, which was passed by the Senate earlier this month before being sent to the president for final approval.

McLinn, an Indiana native, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal disease that weakens the muscles. His mother, Laura, lobbied Indiana lawmakers to advance a "right-to-try" measure in the state.

That measure was signed in 2015 by then-Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceWhite House crowd sings 'Happy Birthday' to Trump Trump won't say if he'd endorse Pence in 2024 Trump has discussed backing Amash challenger: report MORE, who is now Trump's vice president. 

Because the Food and Drug Administration is a federal agency, federal legislation was required to allow terminally ill patients to try experimental medications.