Trump fires members of HIV/AIDS council without explanation

  • Trump fires members of HIV/AIDS council without explanation

Trump fires members of HIV/AIDS council without explanation

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

It is not uncommon for a new president to clear a council of its members and restaff, and President Barack Obama did the same with PACHA when he took office in 2008. Some 25 members can be commissioned for the council, also known as "PACHA", but as November only 10 members were listed on the council's website.

"I was co-chair of the disparities committee, so much of my advocacy and policy references surrounded vulnerable populations, addressing issuing of diverse communities, specifically looking at the impacts of the LGBT community, namely, the disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS to people of color, gay men, transgender women", Maldonado told the Blade.

"I think where the discrepancy comes in is why a year later, No. 1?" In June, six members resigned, including Schoettes.

Scott Schoettes, a longtime HIV/AIDS activist who resigned from the council in June over the president's inaction on the issue, announced that the rest of the council had been terminated on Wednesday. "No respect for their service", Schoettes tweeted.

"To the best of my knowledge it's not a disbandment of the council altogether, but a dismissal of any pre-Trump nominees", he added, "which in my opinion might be more risky than not having a council at all". "I was an Obama appointee and my term was continuing until 2018". "There is no way for us to know where on the agenda HIV policy is, and that is the concerning part".

The White House did not respond to a request for comment. For one thing, he was knocked for his failure to appoint an HIV/AIDS chief, the first time that such a position has been vacant since its creation in 1993.

Jim Driscoll, a Trump supporter who served on the council under President George W. Bush, defended the firings by saying they're "standard practice" for a new administration.

At the time of this post, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) has not been staffed - and hasn't been since the Trump Administration began in January of 2017. He also wants more than $1 billion in cuts from worldwide programs like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Sullivan, who's a professor at Emory University specializing in HIV research, did not explicitly criticize the administration's decision to fire him and his fellow panel members, adding that there are plenty of scientists who can fill his position as long as USA policy sticks to "well-established" and science-based research.

For Worlds AIDS Day, the Trump administration did not mention LGBTQ people.