Pres. Trump fires all remaining members of advisory council on HIV/AIDS

Trump HIV council firing

The Trump administration has terminated the remaining 16 members of the president's advisory council on HIV/AIDS as it prepares to appoint new members.

"The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going [sic] HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and-most concerning-pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease", he said. No respect for their service. "Dangerous that #Trump and Co". The firing of the council members "is another outlandish and despicable move by the Trump administration in his year-long effort to erase the LGBT community and the issues that disproportionately affect us", he said in a statement Friday.

Speaking to the Washington Post following the December removal of the remaining PACHA members, Schoettes alleged that loyalty to the president, not credentials, will likely be the driving factor in approving new nominations to the council, saying: "The only criteria for serving this president is loyalty".

HIV/AIDS activist and senior attorney for Lambda Lega, Scott Schoettes, tweeted about it.

The council's executive director, B. Kaye Hayes said, "Changing the makeup of federal advisory committee members is a common occurrence during Administration changes". The Obama administration eliminated all of George W. Bush's appointees before making new appointments.

The health agency estimates that some 162,500 people (15 percent of all those living with the condition) are unaware that they are HIV positive.

"I've criticized the Trump government's HIV policy ..." Schoettes was appointed to the advisory council during the Obama administration. "I think where the discrepancy comes in is why a year later, number 1?"

The Huffingon Post reported that as of September, Trump signed an executive order renewing PACHA for an additional year so the move to fire the current council without explanation seems brash. Coming six months after the resignations, the firings are "a little too coincidental", he added.

"The timing is a little bit unorthodox compared to what the Obama administration's approach was", Maldonado said.

Several members slammed Trump's planned American Health Care Act (AHCA), saying it would leave numerous 1.1 million Americans with HIV-AIDS without access to proper treatment.

The White House deferred comment to the Department of Health & Human Services, which provided the statement from the PACHA executive director.

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.

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