Trump Dismisses Remaining Members Of Presidential Advisory Council On HIV/AIDS

Newsweek: Trump fires HIV/AIDS Council in its entirety by FedEx letter, report claims
“President Donald Trump fired the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) [December 27, 2017], reportedly informing them without explanation with a letter delivered by FedEx…” (Paton, 12/29).

New York Times: Trump Ends Terms of Remaining Members of HIV and AIDS Council
“…The group’s executive director said the move was a common occurrence in new administrations, but others questioned that. Six members of the body, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS, resigned this year in protest of President Trump…” (Stevens/Victor, 12/30).

POLITICO: Trump’s firing sets back AIDS prevention efforts
“…The advisory panel, which has existed in some form since the Reagan years, sits empty after Trump removed all 16 of its remaining members … That, combined with proposed massive cuts to prevention programs in Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget and his not naming a director for the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, sends troubling signals about the administration’s commitment and represents a marked departure from his predecessors, say advocates and lawmakers…” (Ehley, 1/3).

Washington Post: Trump administration fires all members of HIV/AIDS advisory council
“…The council, known by the acronym PACHA, has advised the White House on HIV/AIDS policies since its founding in 1995…” (Guarino, 12/29).

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