Six resign from Donald Trump’s HIV/AIDS council because he ‘does not care’


Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have resigned, on the premise that President Trump doesn’t care about HIV, TheHill reports.

In a joint letter published in the Newsweek titled, “Trump doesn’t care about HIV. We’re outta here”, the six members Scott Schoettes, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados announced their resignation. In the letter, the group said the Trump administration “had no strategy” to address HIV/AIDS, did not consult experts  for policy and “pushed legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease.”

They wrote, “As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care”. A major grouse of the group is that the President shut down the Office of National AIDS Policy website when he assumed office and has since not appointed anyone to lead the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.

Obamacare repeal also had a role to play, they said that repealing the bill will have a ripple effect that would dramatically hurt those with HIV/AIDS, making it the final straw for us.

“We will be more effective from the outside, advocating for change and protesting policies that will hurt the health of the communities we serve and the country as a whole if this administration continues down the current path. We hope the members of Congress who have the power to affect healthcare reform will engage with us and other advocates in a way that the Trump Administration apparently will not.”
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