Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington DC, but instead he’s merely filled it with his own corrupt friends and cronies. Moreover, he’s driven out a number of good people because he’s felt threatened by them, or because they couldn’t abide by his disregard for good governance or decency. The latest personnel casualty comes in the form of six White House council members who have resigned specifically in protest of Trump.
The six individuals in question had been serving on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). It’s notable that none of them resigned in January simply because Donald Trump took office; instead they spent nearly five months trying to work with him before ultimately concluding they could not do so. One of them, Scott A. Schoettes, has written a treatise in Newsweek (link), explaining their collective decision.
Schoettes starts off by stating that “As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care.” He goes on to add that “The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks zero input from experts to formulate HIV policy, and—most concerning—pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease.”
Earlier this year ten members of the White House Council on Asian Americans all resigned, citing Donald Trump’s ongoing racism. Trump has also fired the Director of the FBI, the acting Attorney General, and the U.S. Attorney representing his hometown of New York City, all in an attempt at preventing them from investigating his various crimes. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to support Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report