Without Warning, Trump Fires All Members Of HIV/AIDS Council

31 December, 2017, 04:00 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly sent termination letters via FedEx to all 16 remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), a group that makes recommendations about the U.S. government's response to the HIV epidemic.

He tweeted on Thursday that Trump showed "no respect for their service" by firing the council members. Risky that Trump and Co.

While Hayes confirmed that the White House fired the remaining members this week, she also pointed out that the Trump administration has every right to appoint new members to the council. "I would like President Trump to remember what the epidemic had done not just to the LGBT community, but the entire country".

Sources with knowledge of PACHA said many council members were fired even though additional time remained on their terms as advisers.

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Six members of the council had resigned in June to protest the administration's health policies.

"Changing the makeup of federal advisory committee members is a common occurrence during Administration changes", she added, noting that similar moves were made by both the Obama and George W. Bush administrations.

The health agency estimates that some 162,500 people (15 percent of all those living with the condition) are unaware that they are HIV positive.

Following that mass resignation, Trump was subjected to much criticism for his seeming inaction on the HIV front. "I was an Obama appointee and my term was continuing until 2018".

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The June op-ed, in which Scott Schoettes outlined his reasons for resigning, was headlined: "Trump doesn't care about HIV".

One of the people fired, Gabriel Maldonado, CEO of Truevolution in Riverside, Calif., told The Blade that he had time remaining on his appointment to the board. "I think where the discrepancy comes in is why a year later, number one?"

The Huffingon Post reported that as of September, Trump signed an executive order renewing PACHA for an additional year so the move to fire the current council without explanation seems brash.

The council is made up of doctors, members of industry, members of the community and people living with the disease. The president's 2018 fiscal year budget seeks $150 million in cuts from HIV research at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and more than than $1 billion removed from programs like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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During those meetings, he said the council had voiced concerns over the Trump administration's position on the Affordable Care Act, among other issues.

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