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Trump dennounced for hypocritical World AIDS Day tweet

 

The president yesterday tweeted this message in recognition of World AIDS Day…

 

…a presidential enough gesture, but one entirely undeserved given his administration’s heinous record on the subject.

 

In a joint statement issued by the Democratic National Committee’s chairman Tom Perez, its Disability Council chairman Tony Coelho and LGBTQ Caucus chairman Earl Fowlke, the tweet was denounced on the basis that Trump is “no ally of people living with HIV, who are disproportionately LGBTQ and people of colour”.

“His administration has proposed cutting global HIV-prevention programs and attacked health care services that people living with HIV rely on, including the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Planned Parenthood,” the trio stated.

 

Trump’s proposed 2020 budget would cut funding to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, established under George W Bush, by $1.35bn (£1.04bn) – down 30 per cent on the previous budget’s funding for the programme. The administration has also proposed massive cuts to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, the latter a programme that helps low-income sufferers access housing.

“Cuts of this magnitude would result in countless new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths for a relatively small cost savings in the context of the federal budget,” The Foundation for AIDS Research said in a statement in March after the 2020 budget request was first released.