Trump Reportedly Terminated All Members Of HIV/AIDS Council Without Explanation

30 December, 2017, 03:39 | Author: Homer Porter
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US President Donald Trump controversially fired his entire Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) this week, it's been revealed. A call for new council member nominations went out via a December 1 notice posted on the federal register.

"I'll be upset and I will speak up if ever felt that there were policies advanced or approaches to education taken that would impact people's lives", Sullivan said. "I think this is a President and an administration that doesn't value dialogue and dissenting views".

"The current members of Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) received a letter informing them that the Administration was terminating their appointments", Kaye Hayes, the council's executive director, said.

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.

Also of note, during the Obama administration, almost all of George W. Bush's appointees were eliminated prior to new appointees being named. "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". "No respect for their service", Schoettes tweeted. This Trump HIV Council firing has continued to raise serious concerns about the president's interest in seriously addressing HIV domestically and overseas. "I was an Obama appointee and my term was continuing until 2018".

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"So far we have not seen the administration actively reach out to any advocates around HIV policy at all", she said.

"I just am coming to the acknowledgment that the traditional tactics of politicking and policy and strategy and negotiation, the kind of standard tools that we're trying to use, that the status quo is no longer acceptable", Maldonado said.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment. Incidentally, the president has yet to appoint an HIV/AIDS chief, with this being the first time since Bill Clinton created the position in 1993 that a president has failed to do so. Other Presidents, including Barack Obama, have cleared out most of their predecessor's appointees to make room for their own. In the 2018 fiscal year budget Trump has sought huge cuts to programs including $150 million on HIV/AIDS at the Centers of Disease Control.

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.

"It is a unsafe thing when the administration is eliminating people whose views are based in science and community experience", HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal in an interview with GPB.



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