Six members of Trump's HIV/AIDS council quit

Several members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS quit on Tuesday and penned a joint-statement blasting the Trump administration. (JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS)

Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS abruptly resigned this week, citing the Trump administration’s neglect in fighting the health epidemic.

The departing members of the White House advisory council penned a chiding editorial blasting President Trump’s failure to combat the disease during his first 100 days in office.

“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,” wrote Lambda Legal lawyer Scott Schoettes, in a statement published Friday through Newsweek magazine.

He stepped down Tuesday, along with Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados.

The council, created during former President Bill Clinton’s first term in 1995, makes recommendations through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. It’s lone meeting this year took place in March.

The White House deleted a page for the Office of National AIDS Policy website and has since failed to name a replacement to its vacated seat on the Domestic Policy Council.

“It will be people — many of them people of colour — across the South and in rural and underserved areas across the country, the regions and communities now at the epicentre of the U.S. HIV/AIDS epidemic,” Schoettes said.

“It will be young gay and bisexual men; it will be women of colour; it will be transgender women; it will be low-income people.”