Trump fires entire HIV/AIDS advisory council via FedEx letter

Chip Somodevilla  Getty Images

President Trump, pictured with Vice President Mike Pence, fired all remaining 16 members on his HIV/AIDS advisory council earlier this week. No explanation was given by the president regarding their terminations, although some expect the firings are politically motivated. 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. Gabriel Maldonado, chief executive of the LGBT and HIV/AIDS group Truevolution and a council member until this week, said he could only speculate why the final members were fired. "The Obama Administration dismissed the George W. Bush Administration appointees to PACHA in order to bring in new voices", she said.

Cecilia Chung, an Obama-era appointee who left voluntarily after her term expired earlier this year, echoed these concerns. In June, six members resigned, including Schoettes.

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

"No respect for their service", Schoettes said. "Dangerous that #Trump and Co. (Pence esp.) are eliminating few remaining people willing to push back against harmful policies, like abstinence-only sex ed", he added. "Like any administration, they want their own people there".

"I knew that the people that remained were speaking their truth, and I've got a feeling that was not appreciated", he said. Six members had resigned in June, protesting the Trump administration's lack of action regarding the disease.

The administration gave no reason for the firing. Over 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, with the most vulnerable populations being gay and bisexual men, particularly African American gay and bisexual men, according to HHS. Reports came out that Trump, behind closed doors and complaining about immigration statistics, was allegedly upset that tens of thousands of Haitians came to the US each year, telling advisers the immigrants from that nation "all have AIDS".

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte breaks silence on Eden Hazard contract rumours
Chelsea will generally only commence formal negotiations with players who are in the final 24-months of their contracts. These are private conversations that the player, the agent of the player must have with the club".

It's unclear if the administration will continue the council and when they'll introduce new members.

But gay rights advocates say the Trump administration has been discriminatory in a subtle way, leaving out any reference to the LGBTQ community from their statements. "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".

The White House did not immediately respond for comment.

"We certainly have been vocal that repeal of the Affordable Care Act would worsen health and increase new HIV infections", Sullivan said.

Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget proposal also sought massive cuts to HIV/AIDS programs, including $150 million on HIV/AIDS programs at the Centers of Disease Control and more than $1 billion in cuts from global programs like PEPFAR Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria.

Related News:

  • Kim Kardashian Shares Holiday Family Photo After Deleting Christmas Card Snaps

    Kim Kardashian Shares Holiday Family Photo After Deleting Christmas Card Snaps

    Instead, she's trying to pressure him to go straight from the stage to a private jet and fly home to be with her. It's no secret that Kylie Jenner is pregnant . "She's not complaining too much though".
    Viswanathan Anand remains unbeaten to win World Rapid Chess Championship

    Viswanathan Anand remains unbeaten to win World Rapid Chess Championship

    But I think the most incredible feeling of all is to have the title of world champion again. What's interesting is that Anand wasn't even expected to be part of the event.
    Oregon Appeals Court Rules Against Bakery's Religious Freedom Claims in Discrimination Case

    Oregon Appeals Court Rules Against Bakery's Religious Freedom Claims in Discrimination Case

    The Kleins felt that designing and making the cake to celebrate the 2013 same-sex wedding would violate their Christian faith. Donations poured in for the Kleins, who campaigned in Iowa with Ted Cruz at "Rally for Religous Liberty", and C.
  • Deadly NYC fire 'caused by child playing'

    Deadly NYC fire 'caused by child playing'

    The victims, he said, died from burns and smoke inhalation, a lot of them fairly quickly. "I'm still in shock", he said. And the Thursday night blaze was New York City's deadliest since a blaze at a Bronx club killed 87 people in 1990.

    At least 10 killed in Cairo church attack: Egypt Health Ministry

    On Palm Sunday in April, terrorists staged an explosion in the main church of the city of Tanta, where about 30 people died. Police later cordoned off the crime scene as onlookers crowded around the church, while a forensics team combed the area.
    President Trump Says He Believes Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation Will 'Be Fair'

    President Trump Says He Believes Robert Mueller's Russia Investigation Will 'Be Fair'

    He says the committee's investigation could take "many months of work", noting it still has scores of witnesses to question.
  • (COG) Shares Bought by Point72 Asset Management LP

    The stock of Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation (NYSE: COG ) earned "Underperform" rating by Bank of America on Wednesday, January 4. Key Group Holdings Cayman Ltd decreased Proshares Tr Ii (AGQ) stake by 59,240 shares to 442,422 valued at $14.67M in 2017Q3.
    Holiday Christmas Tree Pick Ups

    Holiday Christmas Tree Pick Ups

    For the eight-year in a row, the City of Prattville will offer its residents the Christmas tree recycling program. Garbage/Recycling collection is one day late all week the week of December 24, 2017, and December 31, 2017 .
    Meghan Markle Greets the Crowd Outside Her First Royal Family Christmas Celebration

    Meghan Markle Greets the Crowd Outside Her First Royal Family Christmas Celebration

    The Queen also mentioned how she and Prince Phillip are looking forward to welcoming new members into the royal family next year. Meghan Markle had a "fantastic" Christmas with the "family she's never had", admitted Prince Harry in a radio interview.
  • States Have Joined FirstNet, California Remains a Mystery

    States Have Joined FirstNet, California Remains a Mystery

    FirstNet has not yet delivered final buildout plans to the territories of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa. The decision was made, the governor said, because of the risk associated with being the only state to opt-out of the network.
    Justin Bieber is not the reason behind Selena Gomez's family issues

    Justin Bieber is not the reason behind Selena Gomez's family issues

    A source told the publication, " Selena has always said that the one person that means the most to her is her mom, Mandy". It seems that after Selena fired her mother as her manager, this caused emotional and professional issues for her mom.
    Trump says East could use some 'global warming' this weekend

    Trump says East could use some 'global warming' this weekend

    There have been far more record highs than record lows throughout the year. "Tuck yourself in!", Trump wrote on Twitter . Trump has tweeted similar, almost verbatim thoughts about his climate/weather confusion before.


Most liked

Meet "Steve Jobs", the Italian clothing company
The court decided that the brothers could use the "bite" mark on the "J" was not a bite because letters are not edible. Thanks to Steve Jobs , Apple is no longer just a fruit, nor is it only associated with Newton.

Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots to surpass $300M
You can find a list of winners posted at the store, which many people see while waiting to buy tickets. Both drawings will happen before the end of the year - the last Mega Millions drawing is at 11 p.m.

Andrew Luck: 'I Do Not Think That I Need Another Surgery'
Getting my strength back to a high level - I still have a ways to go there. "I plan on being ready". I think I need to work more... and to stay on this straight and narrow", he said .

More Pregnant Women Use Marijuana
In women older than 34, marijuana use increased from about 2 percent to about 3 percent. A study found 19 percent of women ages 18 to 24 tested positive for marijuana.

The iPhone 'forces' Tim Cook to fly private
Apple's chief executive Tim Cook has been ordered by the firm to use only private jets for both business and personal transport. The article previously stated Tim Cook received a private plane when he actually received the use of a private aircraft.

Congress MLA slaps on-duty police, gets slapped in return
She holds the office of All India Congress Committee secretary and, additionally, is AICC in-charge of Punjab. Coming to the political front, Asha is a member of the Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly from Dalhousie.

Everton in talks to sign Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun
Reports have linked Everton with a £25m move for Tosun , but Sky Sports News understands a deal has yet to be formally agreed. Allardyce said: 'He's training with us. "He's built confidence levels and got them functioning as a team".

Police Probe Crash Of Vehicle Registered To Bucs' Jackson
Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor in the state of Florida, while the bullets are legal. Jackson's rep says one of his friends is responsible for the crash and that "the incident is being handled".

Meghan Markle's father 'extremely hurt' by Prince Harry
Markle's 52-year-old half-sister says she's writing a tell-all book about the actress and her fractured family. Markle nor Prince Harry have responded to her families' comments on the matter.

Tiger Zinda Hai crosses 200 crore mark
Have you watched Tiger Zinda Hai yet? The latest release surprised one and all after it earned Rs 45.53 crore on day 3 (Sunday). The film fell short of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (Rs 40 crore ) and Sultan (Rs 37.32 crore ) on day two at the box office.

Jay Z's Latest Film Clip Features Beyoncé and Blue Ivy
In the past, Jay-Z makes his TIDAL exclusives available later, like YouTube , so let's keep our fingers crossed. So, even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can't connect.

An Epic Super Blue Blood Moon Is Coming to Ring in 2018
Finally, the supermoon, or second full moon of the month, will take place the night before the second full moon on January 30. Scientists say the moon will at its closest point from earth and will have an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow.

PUBG Xbox One patch brings new Squad mode features; Addresses lag
On top of this, we will continue our efforts to further investigate remaining causes", the developer added. PUBG , or PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS , is available now for Xbox One (with Xbox One X support), and PC.

Moscow and Ankara sign S-400 loan deal
And Ankara insists the systems would be used and managed "independently" by Turkish personnel, rather than Russian advisors. Some NATO countries have expressed worries that the S-400 system is not compatible with the alliance's weapons systems.

Bitcoin price tumbles after South Korea joins cryptocurrency crackdown
This survey confirms what most of us in the crypto community already knew: South Koreans are insane for cryptocurrency. Korea's tightening measure on cryptocurrency follows the suit of China, Japan and Australia.