Trump vowed to ‘defeat AIDS’ in his State of the Union. Florida is ground zero.

Trump vowed to ‘defeat AIDS’ in his State of the Union. Florida is ground zero.

By Steve Contorno (Tampa Bay Times) –

President Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed to “eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years” during his State of the Union address.

“Scientific breakthroughs have brought a once-distant dream within reach,” Trump said. “Together, we will defeat AIDS in America.”

It’s a surprising declaration for a president who has proposed cutting tens of millions of dollars from federal HIV and AIDS programs in his previous budget. And a day after the unexpected announcement, officials couldn’t say how much Trump’s 2020 budget would dedicate to tackling this public health crisis.

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