Trump admin fires HIV/AIDS council

Trump admin fires HIV/AIDS council

Trump admin fires HIV/AIDS council

The Trump administration fired the remaining 16 members of the top White House advisory board on HIV and AIDS-related issues, it was reported on Thursday. No explanation was given by the president regarding their terminations, although some expect the firings are politically motivated.

Gabriel Maldonado, one of the members fired this week, told the Blade he didn't know the reason for the firings, but said they could be due to "ideological and philosophical differences" with the administration.

The administration wanted to make changes to the advisory committee in order to find its own appointees, according to media reports.

Newsweek also reports that Obama fired all of the PACHA members appointed by his predecessor George W. Bush, meaning that Trump's move isn't unprecedented. "I was an Obama appointee and my term was continuing until 2018", he said.

The council, called PACHA for short, was set up by Bill Clinton and is supposed to provide advice and direction on policy and other aspects of AIDS prevention. Medications have advanced since then, making HIV a much more manageable diagnosis for many Americans. Scott Schoettes, a lawyer with Lambda Legal, a LGBT rights organization, was one of them. "Dangerous that #Trump and Co". But the jettisoned members are also encouraged to reapply to the new council, which will begin in 2018.

Experts and now-former members of the council expect new representatives appointed by Trump/Pence to focus on failed abstinence-only programs while ignoring the communities most affected by the virus - people of color and LGBT people.

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"Changing the makeup of federal advisory committee members is a common occurrence during administration changes", Hayes said in a statement, according to CNN. "That would serve the needs of neither the president nor of people living with HIV-AIDS".

"Remaining HIV/AIDS council members booted by @realDonaldTrump".

"I've criticized the Trump government's HIV policy ..." "I think where the discrepancy comes in is why a year later, No. 1?" An estimated 1.2 million people have HIV/AIDS in the United States and 37 million have the disease worldwide. Six members had resigned in June, protesting the Trump administration's lack of action regarding the disease. The Republican-controlled Congress has thus far continued to fund these programs at previous levels. Coming six months after the resignations, the firings are "a little too coincidental", he added.

New appointments may be coming soon.

Trump's ignorance on the issue was evident last week as well.

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