Fires All 16 Members Via FedEx
All sixteen members of theÂ Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) have been fired without warning or explanation, and overnight the White House website, HIV.gov, has been scrubbed of their names.
“With no explanation, the White House has terminated members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS amid widespread discontent with President Trumpâ€™s approach to the epidemic,”Â TheÂ Washington Blade‘s Chris Johnson reported late Thursday night.
“After six members of PACHA resigned in June, the White House on Wednesday terminated the remaining 16 members without explanation via a letter from FedEx.”
This archived version of HIV.gov from November lists many of the sixteen members. But the current site lists just two staffers who also are employees of theÂ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Â The site states it was updated December 28.
Just two days earlier, VICE news (video above) reported members of theÂ Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS “say they feel abandoned by the Trump administration.”
The Blade also points to this tweet from Lambda Legal senior attorneyÂ Scott Schoettes:
Remaining #HIV/AIDS council members booted by @realDonaldTrump. No respect for their service. Dangerous that #Trump and Co. (Pence esp.) are eliminating few remaining people willing to push back against harmful policies, like abstinence-only sex ed. #WeObject #PACHA6 #Resist
â€” Scott A. Schoettes (@PozAdvocate) December 28, 2017
Schoettes also posted this tweet, calling the firings a “purge”:
.@realDonaldTrump executing a purge: remaking the courts; ppl who use â€œtransgenderâ€ and â€œvulnerableâ€ out at HHS; #PACHA (#HIV council) members gone; wants to eliminate ppl @ FBI who didnâ€™t vote for him; attempts to undermine free press. #Fascist #TrumpRussia #WeObject #Resist
â€” Scott A. Schoettes (@PozAdvocate) December 28, 2017
In June six other members ofÂ theÂ Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned amid concern over Trump’s lack of action on HIV/AIDS. Trump has also sought massive funding cuts to HIV/AIDS programs, both in the U.S. and around the world.
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President Donald Trump’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, in bombshell testimony Wednesday destroyed the president’s lie that Joe Biden’s actions, especially toward Ukraine, are “corrupt.”
Asked if there any factual basis to support Trump’s allegations, Kent replied: “None whatsoever.”
Kent debunks Trumpworld’s argument that Joe Biden’s dealings in Ukraine were somehow corrupt pic.twitter.com/B3NDloJWIO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 13, 2019
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Bill Taylor, the president’s top diplomat in Ukraine, testified Wednesday that he learned last week from a staffer, after he was deposed in a closed-door hearing, about an incident that took place a day after Trump’s call to his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Last Friday, a member of my staff told me of events that occurred on July 26,” Taylor testified.
Taylor was visiting the front of Ukraine’s war with Russia at the time with Kurt Volker, then a special envoy to the country, and a member of the ambassador’s staff accompanied EU ambassador Gordon Sondland to a meeting with Andrey Yermak, an aide to Zelensky.
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Literally every word is a lie.
Remember that the U.S. Intelligence Community unanimously decreed that Russia attacked the 2016 U.S elections. That fact was once again proven during the Mueller investigation, and in the Mueller Report. There is literally zero proof of Nunes’ claims.
Nunes, who may be best remembered for his dramatic dark of night visit to the White House in 2017, where he was given information by the Trump administration only to claim it was from a secret source. That information was falsely framed to suggest (wrongly) the Obama administration had illegally investigated the Trump campaign.
Nunes: Democrats colluded with Russia, not Trump. pic.twitter.com/SFy53dL2MC
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