With just one more kick in the teeth before the end of 2017, President Trump has terminated the entire Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, most likely because members of the board have been critical of his handling of the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
This week, HIV reseracher Dr Patrick Sullivan told The Washington Post that a form letter was sent out that "thanked me for my past service and said that my appointment was terminated, effective immediately". 'Dangerous that #Trump and Co.
"Remaining HIV/AIDS council members booted by @realDonaldTrump". They had been invited to reapply Tuesday.
All of the fired PACHA council members had been appointed by former U.S. President Barack Obama.
"I can only speculate", Maldonado said.
The health agency estimates that some 162,500 people (15 percent of all those living with the condition) are unaware that they are HIV positive. Many of us were Obama appointees. "I was an Obama appointee and my term was continuing until 2018".
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Gabriel Maldonado, who heads a California-based organization Truevolultion, is one of the 16 dismissed council members.
He also said he was anxious about reports like the one saying there were banned words in the CDC like transgender and diversity - saying there might be policy changes coming. The CDC director has denied those words are banned.
Most of Maldonado's work involves addressing the "disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS to people of color, gay men, transgender women".
'And a lot of those key vulnerable populations are not being prioritized in this administration'. He added that he planned to publish an open letter about the firings today. The administration is inviting new applicants to apply.
PACHA was established in 1995, during the Clinton administration, to advise the White House on HIV strategies and policies.
PACHA's executive director, Kaye Hayes, confirmed that the council members were fired, but she doesn't think the news warranted an uproar.
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Trump's termination of council members isn't a first time an administration cleaned house on PACHA.
The council's website at hiv.gov has already deleted the profiles of the members who were terminated.
"Changing the makeup of federal advisory committee members is a common occurrence during administration changes", Hayes said in a statement, according to CNN.
It is not yet clear when the new appointments will be made.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump called himself a "real friend" of the LGBT community.
"Now they need to find bonafide community people with appropriate expertise and the ability to adapt to the changed political circumstances", Driscoll said. This Trump HIV Council firing has continued to raise serious concerns about the president's interest in seriously addressing HIV domestically and overseas.
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