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.