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'No ally of people living with HIV,' Trump censured on World AIDS Day

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Volunteers light candles forming the shape of a red ribbon and a message reading "Stop AIDS." (File photo)

US President Donald Trump is branded as “no ally of people living with HIV” on World AIDS Day.

Officials with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) made the comment in a joint statement Sunday.

“This president is no ally of people living with HIV, who are disproportionately LGBTQ and people of color,” said DNC Chairman Tom Perez along with other chairmen, Tony Coelho, and Earl Fowlkes. “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.”

Democrats also attacked the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., over his “despicable attack on people living with HIV.”

A tweet by Trump Jr. about people with AIDS made the Human Rights Campaign call on the president’s son to apologize.

The president has said that he “will eradicate AIDS in 10 years” despite the criticism directed at him and his family.

“On World AIDS Day, The First Lady and I express our support for those living with HIV/AIDS and mourn the lives lost. We reaffirm our commitment to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in America, community by community where we will eradicate AIDS in 10 years, program already started,” he tweeted.  “American leadership has proven that together we can save lives.”

White House spokesperson Judd Deere defended Trump in the wake of his opponents’ criticism.

“It was this president who boldly declared in his 2019 State of the Union address that we are going to end HIV transmissions in the United States within 10 years,” Deere said. “It’s no surprise that the DNC would attack this President and ignore the facts on World AIDS Day instead of honoring and remembering those we have lost.”

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