Trump Administration Seems Set To Continue PEPFAR Support But Unclear How Mexico City Policy Expansion Affects Programs, The Atlantic Reports
The Atlantic: Trump Seems to Support Bush’s AIDS Program for Now
“Despite concerns raised during the presidential transition, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) seems poised to continue its work. … Though keeping [Obama-appointee Deborah Birx, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator and U.S. special representative for global health diplomacy,] in her post seems to demonstrate that the [Trump] administration values PEPFAR, they may also have endangered its ability to function. Three days after Birx was asked to stay on, Trump issued a presidential memorandum re-instating the Mexico City policy, also known as the ‘global gag rule.’ … It’s unclear how the new global gag rule will be implemented, and how PEPFAR’s support of other organizations will be affected…” (Frankel, 2/8).