The Trump administration has terminated the remaining 16 members of the president's advisory council on HIV/AIDS as it prepares to appoint new members. In June, six members resigned, including Schoettes.
"Remaining #HIV/AIDS council members booted by @realDonaldTrump".
The terminations were effective immediately, the paper reported, citing epidemiologist Patrick Sullivan.
Maldonado added, "So much of my advocacy and policy references surrounded vulnerable populations, addressing issuing of diverse communities, specifically looking at the impacts of the LGBT community, namely, 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".
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Without explanation, the White House earlier this week fired all remaining members of President Trump's advisory panel on HIV and AIDS, drawing widespread outrage from gay rights activists.
The administration wanted to make changes to the advisory committee in order to find its own appointees, according to media reports. "Two, many of us, our terms were over earlier this year and we were sworn back in, and three were stayed on almost four months after an executive order was signed continuing the council", he said.
It's unclear if the administration will continue the council and when they'll introduce new members.
Sullivan, who's a professor at Emory University specializing in HIV research, did not explicitly criticize the administration's decision to fire him and his fellow panel members, adding that there are plenty of scientists who can fill his position as long as USA policy sticks to "well-established" and science-based research.
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"It is a unsafe thing when the administration is eliminating people whose views are based in science and community experience", HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal in an interview with GPB. "Two, many of us, our terms were over earlier this year and we were sworn back in, and three were stayed on almost four months after an executive order was signed continuing the council". In the 2018 fiscal year budget Trump has sought huge cuts to programs including $150 million on HIV/AIDS at the Centers of Disease Control. "It is of great importance for people living with HIV like myself". "There is no way for us to know where on the agenda HIV policy is, and that is the concerning part".
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
The firing of the remaining board members provides further evidence that the Trump administration isn't interested in the issue.
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