Trump Fires Entire Council on HIV/AIDS With No Explanation

30 December, 2017, 03:38 | Author: Otis Hoffman
  • Trump Fires HIV/AIDS Council In Its Entirety By FedEx Letter, Report Claims

The Trump administration has terminated the remaining 16 members of the president's advisory council on HIV/AIDS as it prepares to appoint new members.

Schoettes and five other members stepped down from the panel in June, claiming in a scathing letter that Trump "simply does not care" about HIV and the LGBTQ community.

The firings came Wednesday, and numerous members still had time remaining on their terms.

The terminations were effective immediately, the paper reported, citing epidemiologist Patrick Sullivan.

PACHA was founded during the Clinton administration amid the AIDS" crisis peak in the "90s-over 500,000 AIDS cases were reported in 1995 alone-and was created to help presidents manage policy and research on HIV and AIDS.

"The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and - most concerning - pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease", he wrote in the column. "Two, many of us, our terms were over earlier this year and we were sworn back in, and three were stayed on almost four months after an executive order was signed continuing the council", he said. "The Obama Administration dismissed the George W. Bush Administration appointees to PACHA in order to bring in new voices", she said.

PACHA members have had problems with the way Trump runs the council since he took office.

Trump Fires HIV/AIDS Council In Its Entirety By FedEx Letter, Report Claims

Reports came out that Trump, behind closed doors and complaining about immigration statistics, was allegedly upset that tens of thousands of Haitians came to the USA each year, telling advisers the immigrants from that nation "all have AIDS".

"Like any administration, they want their own people there", Maldonado, who heads an LGBT and HIV/AIDS organization called Truevolution, said.

He also mentioned different priorities between the current administration and former council members.

'Many of us, our terms were over earlier this year and we were sworn back in, ' Maldonado revealed. The Republican-controlled Congress has thus far continued to fund these programs at previous levels. "Every organization serving people living with HIV and fighting to end this epidemic must galvanize their networks of clients, staff, and volunteers to resist and fight back against these unsafe HIV policy decisions", he added. Coming six months after the resignations, the firings are "a little too coincidental", he added.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

News of the terminations comes after the Trump administration prohibited officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in official documents being prepared for next year's budget.

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