Health GAP Fact Checks Trump’s Global AIDS Remarks During COVID-19 Taskforce Briefing
Context: On Sunday evening, President Trump suggested that he had rejected calls from some in his administration to cut funding for fighting global AIDS [video], saying, in part,
“And I don’t think I’ve ever said ‘No.’ I can’t. It’s just so terrible. Countries that we have really, we’re not involved with them very much, other than, there would be tremendous death, tremendous death. I mean, you can get a list and I could get you a list, we give away billions of dollars to other countries…I started off by saying, ‘You know, we should say we could save a lot of money,’ and then by the time they walk those lists into my office, I say, ‘We have to keep doing that, that’s humanity you’re talking about.’”
Statement from Asia Russell, Executive Director, Health GAP:
“Donald Trump’s response to COVID-19 has been abysmal. He has blood on his hands. Before this crisis, in every budget request Trump has made, he has proposed slashing funding for global AIDS that is needed to strengthen health systems around the world and to save millions of lives. Humanity is not a priority for his administration, allegiance to big pharma and corporate America is. Now he’s taking his ‘private sector or die’ mentality to a new low by refusing to use powers conferred by the Defense Production Act.
“Donald Trump is so afraid of showing government’s power to rapidly save lives that instead of compelling production of the life-saving tools urgently needed, he’s letting nurses, doctors, and other front-line health workers go to battle without protection, refusing to scale up ventilator production, and standing by while pharmaceutical companies exploit this catastrophe to expand their price gouging and harmful monopolies. He is dooming tens of thousands of people to horrific, avoidable deaths. When it comes right down to it, Trump picks ideology over humanity every time.”
Activists are calling for: