US Six resign from presidential HIV/AIDS council because Trump 'doesn't care'

04:05  18 june  2017
04:05  18 june  2017 Source:   The Hill

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  White House Advisors on HIV/AIDS Staying With Trump—For Now The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS lost six members last week who said that Trump “simply does not care” about the virus. But most will stay on.That’s the question that many members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have been asking themselves during the first 150 days of the Trump presidency. And last week, two PACHA members from the same Alabama-based organization—Southern AIDS Coalition executive director Nicholas Carlisle and SAC community organizer Gina Brown—found themselves on opposite sides of it.

Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV / AIDS have angrily resigned , saying that President Trump doesn ’ t care about HIV. Scott Schoettes, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III

Six resign from presidential HIV / AIDS council because Trump ' doesn ' t care '. Trump administration pushing to President Trump ’s White House is expected to push House Republicans to

Six resign from presidential HIV/AIDS council because Trump 'doesn't care'© Provided by The Hill Six resign from presidential HIV/AIDS council because Trump 'doesn't care'

Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have angrily resigned, saying that President Trump doesn't care about HIV.

Scott Schoettes, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados publicly announced their resignations in a joint letter published in Newsweek titled, "Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here."

The group said that the administration "has no strategy" to address HIV/AIDS, doesn't consult experts when working on policy and "pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease."

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Six resign from presidential HIV / AIDS council because Trump ' doesn ' t care '. Trump administration pushing to President Trump ’s White House is expected to push House Republicans to

Falling in line with his pattern of pushing caring , passionate people away, six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV / AIDS (PACHA) have now become the latest group to walk away from the Trump administration.

"As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care," they wrote.

The group noted that Trump took down the Office of National AIDS Policy website when he took office and hasn't appointed anyone to lead the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.

They also said that the GOP's ObamaCare repeal bill will dramatically hurt those with HIV/AIDS, making it the "final straw for us - more like a two-by-four than a straw" in deciding to leave the council.

"We will be more effective from the outside, advocating for change and protesting policies that will hurt the health of the communities we serve and the country as a whole if this administration continues down the current path," they wrote.

"We hope the members of Congress who have the power to affect healthcare reform will engage with us and other advocates in a way that the Trump Administration apparently will not."

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