Trump Fired The Rest of His AIDS Advisory Council: By FedEx

Leslie Hanson
December 29, 2017

In June, six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) resigned with an open letter denouncing Trump's Administrations for having "no strategy" to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and pushing for "legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease".

The mass dismissal of the advisers marked another nadir in the administration's dealing with the council. "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".

The move is not unprecedented for a presidential administration, but one of the newly-terminated council members questioned the timing in an interview with Washington Blade.

"No respect for their service", tweeted Schoettes, a senior attorney at Lambda Legal. "Dangerous that #Trump and Co".

Gabriel Maldonado, CEO of the Riverside, Calif.,-based LGBT and HIV/AIDS group Truevolution, was a remaining member of PACHA and confirmed they were fired, but said the "explanation is still unclear".

Vice President Mike Pence, who has been running the administration behind the scenes as Trump continues his Twitter wars with the media, science, and fellow politicians, is vociferously anti-LGBT and has continuously shown resistance to combating HIV.

"I can only speculate", Maldonado said. "I was an Obama appointee and my term was continuing until 2018". The Obama administration eliminated all of George W. Bush's appointees before making new appointments.

The current administration has not appointed a director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, a major reason contributing to the June resignation of the six members of PACHA.

However, HIV/AIDS activists have been deeply critical of the White House's approach over the past year. Trump has also sought massive funding cuts to HIV/AIDS programs, both in the USA and around the world.

Just under a year into his first term, Trump has yet to appoint an HIV/AIDS chief, the first time since Bill Clinton created the position in 1993 that a president has failed to do so.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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