The firings came Wednesday, and numerous members still had time remaining on their terms.
"I knew that the people that remained were speaking their truth, and I've got a feeling that was not appreciated", he said. "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. "I was an Obama appointee and my term was continuing until 2018", he said. But some fear the Trump administration will both diminish support for LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS activism and increase the stigmatization around being HIV-positive, which could lead to further infections and a lower quality of life for those living with the virus and disease.
Scott A. Schoettes, a Chicago-based HIV/AIDS activist and one of the members of the advisory panel who resigned over the summer, tweeted yesterday that the remaining council members had been fired for calling President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence "dangerous".
Sullivan, who was appointed to a four-year term in May 2016, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the notice was respectful, thanked him for his service and "made clear the termination was effective immediately". Fangerous that #Trump and Co. He took to Twitter to lambaste the president's decision, accusing it of being part of a strategy to bring back "abstinence-only" sex education, among other "harmful policies".
Many have noted Trump's predicliction for undoing Obama's policies.
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He added: "It feels like retribution against members of the committee who have spoken out against the Trump administration for their inaction on issues related to HIV/AIDS".
The Obama administration cleared house of George W. Bush's appointees much like President Trump appears to be doing, Newsweek notes.
On Wednesday of this week, via a letter from Fed Ex, the White House fired the remaining 16 members of PACHA. Over 1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, with the most vulnerable populations being gay and bisexual men, particularly African American gay and bisexual men, according to HHS. "I think where the discrepancy comes in is why a year later, number 1?"
The PACHA website, which says it was updated December 28, now shows only two staff; all council members photos and bios were removed.
"The timing is a little bit unorthodox compared to what the Obama administration's approach was", Maldonado said.