President of the United States, Donald Trump, has claimed that if he is re-elected, he will cure AIDS and childhood cancer “very shortly.”
At a campaign rally, Trump told those present, “The things we’re doing in our country today, there’s never been anything like it. We will be ending the AIDS epidemic shortly in America, and curing childhood cancer very shortly.”
In reality, Trump has slashed funding for HIV and AIDS research and, in some cases, stopped ongoing research on a cure altogether at the bidding of the religious right.
DUring his 2019 State of the Union address, he promised to end all HIV infections in America within ten years. His promise was met with skepticism, since it came months after the members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned, saying that the President had “no strategy” to address the ongoing epidemic.
The president has also taken money from AIDS programs to pay for his policy of separating migrant children from their parents. Trump has also paved the way for making HIV a pre-existing condition that insurance companies can choose not to cover.