Donald Trump’s war on the gay community continues with suddenly, and with no explanation, the White House has terminated all members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
Six members of PACHA resigned in June over complaints of Trump’s approach to the epidemic. The White House on Wednesday terminated the remaining 16 members with no explanation via a letter from FedEx.
According to one source with knowledge of PACHA many council members were terminated even though additional time remained on their terms as advisers.
Created in 1995, PACHA has provided advice starting in the Clinton administration and into the George W. Bush and Obama administrations on policy and research to promote effective treatment and prevention for HIV — maintaining the goal of finding a cure.
Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposes 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.
Source: Washington Blade