Trump Fires HIV/AIDS Council in Its Entirety by FedEx Letter, Report Claims

Simon Moss
December 30, 2017

President Donald Trump has fired the remaining members of the HIV/AIDS council, sending them pink slips in the mail via FedEx.

"Remaining #HIV/AIDS council members booted by @realDonaldTrump".

The council's website at hiv.gov has already deleted the profiles of the members who were terminated.

"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. "From the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention], to this body, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there is a real problem this president has with dialogue or dissent".

All 15 members received a letter informing they that their appointments to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS had been cut off, according to a statement from the executive director of the council. "The Obama Administration dismissed the George W. Bush Administration appointees to PACHA in order to bring in new voices", 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. "No respect for their service", Schoettes wrote over Twitter.

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"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 unsafe than not having a council at all". "I wasn't supposed to leave until 2018".

"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", he said.

The White House did not immediately respond 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. Councilmember Gabriel Maldonado told Newsweek the Trump HIV Council firing may have come purely from the president's desire to clear the Council of its remaining Obama appointees.

Almost a year into Trump's presidency, the White House has yet to appoint a director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. The president's 2018 fiscal year budget seeks $150 million in cuts from HIV research at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and more than than $1 billion removed from programs like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

In June, six members of the PACHA resigned the posts in protest over what they called inaction from Trump on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

"If we do not ensure that United States leadership at the executive and legislative levels are informed by experience and expertise", they wrote, "real people will be hurt and some will even die".

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