Trump fires entire White House HIV/AIDS council

Trump fires entire White House HIV/AIDS council

Trump fires entire White House HIV/AIDS council

President Trump, pictured with Vice President Mike Pence, fired all remaining 16 members on his HIV/AIDS advisory council earlier this week.

Gabriel Maldonado, CEO of the LGBT and HIV/AIDS group Truevolution and a remaining member of PACHA said the reasons for the firings remain unclear but may have been borne of a desire by the Trump administration to clear out appointments made by his predecessor Barack Obama.

According to the Washington Blade, the remaining 16 members received a letter from FedEx revealing their termination with no explanation.

She added that the members were thanked for their "leadership, dedication and commitment".

Sullivan, the Emory University professor, said he hopes the administration will appoint new panel members who genuinely care about HIV issues.

"Changing the makeup of federal advisory committee members is a common occurrence during administration changes, " Hayes said in the statement. "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. This follows six of the council members resigning from their positions in June, citing Trump's regressive legislation and inaction on the global HIV/AIDS crisis as the reasons in an open letter to Newsweek. "I can only speculate", Maldonado told the Blade, "like any administration, they want their own people there". "Like any administration, they want their own people there". Many of us were Obama appointees.

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"The tipping point for me was the president's approach to the Affordable Care Act", Schoettes said. "I think where the discrepancy comes in is why a year later, number one?"

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

Ulysses Burley, a former Pacha member who left with Mr Schoettes in June, told The Independent that he had heard from other, Obama-era appointees who were suddenly dismissed this week.

Many have noted Trump's predicliction for undoing Obama's policies.

On World AIDS Day, the Department of Health and Human Services published a notice in the Federal Register inviting nominations of members to serve on PACHA. "To lose this body's expertise and counsel at the White House on HIV issues threatens to unravel years of progress and our collective efforts to end HIV within our lifetimes". "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 risky HIV policy decisions", he added.

"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.

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