Six Members Of Trump’s HIV/AIDS Council Just Quit. The Reason Why Is Disturbing

President Trump talked a big game about healthcare during the presidential campaign, promising that “I am going to take care of everybody…Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.”

But a few months into his presidency, it’s clear that promise isn’t going to be kept.

Six advisors on President Trump’s HIV/AIDS Advisory Council have quit in fury because Trump “doesn’t care” about combatting the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Scott Schoettes, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle, and Grissel Granados have all walked away from the advisory council due to Trump’s “regressive” healthcare policies and the fact that he doesn’t seem to care at all about tackling the AIDS crisis.

“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.”

“The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and—most concerning—pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease.”

Trump’s budget proposal wants to cut $350 million from HIV/AIDS research and the Trump-endorsed House Republican healthcare bill would make those with HIV/AIDS unable to afford coverage due to preexisting condition premium hikes.

As the weeks have passed, it’s become clear that our so-called President isn’t interested in doing anything for the American people that doesn’t involve a photo-op that he can fire off on Twitter, preferring the media spectacle as opposed to actually doing anything to help the American people.

Obsessed as he is with the investigation into his team over their potentially treasonous collusion with Russia during the election, Trump is unlikely to take any renewed interest in combatting HIV/AIDS – and the man who might replace him, Mike Pence, is responsible for one of the largest HIV outbreaks in the nation.

Things are not looking good for the campaign against HIV/AIDS – but perhaps this very public mass resignation will draw some needed attention to this oft-ignored but critical issue.