Humanosphere Discusses How Presumed GOP Presidential Nominee Trump’s Pick For V.P. Could Impact U.S. Contributions To AIDS Efforts
Humanosphere: Trump’s choice of VP sparks concern over AIDS funding
Humanoshphere journalist Lisa Nikolau discusses the potential impacts of presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s pick for vice president, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, writing, “Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, has spent his lengthy political career building a reputation for his conservative stance on social issues, especially gay rights. In light of Trump’s announcement, his reputation is elevating fears that a Trump candidacy could diminish U.S. contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS. … What most media outlets have ignored, however, is that Pence has since adopted a different stance on funding HIV/AIDS initiatives — at least internationally. As a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Pence played a leadership role in supporting programs to fund the U.S. response to HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis and voted for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2003 and 2008” (7/18).