Gabriel Maldonado, a former member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS, appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday to discuss the Trump administration’s recent abrupt move to eliminate the council. Maldonado explains he and his fellow council members were let go without any explanation.
The swift and unexpected action came last week via FedEx letters delivered to the remaining members (several members had already resigned in protest of the new administration), informing them they’d been fired. No explanation was given to any of the members, nor has any statement been made by the Trump administration explaining the decision.
"A lot of things the Trump administration has done policy-wise are sort of, honestly, typical Republican things,” said Maddow, shaking her head. “Getting rid of the AIDS council? Doesn't make sense in partisan terms, or any other terms with continuity in recent American politics."
Maldanado is equally baffled and disturbed by the decision, saying, “HIV and AIDS is not a partisan issue. It's a human issue. It’s a human rights issue, it’s a civil rights issue, it’s a social justice issue."