President TrumpDonald John TrumpSix takeaways from Union State Ocasio-Cortez rejects criticism that she was not & # 39; excited and hot & # 39; during Trump's speech Lawmakers says that Trump's infrastructure vision lacks political momentum MORE announced a goal to eradicate AIDS in the US within the next 10 years using its EU address to set a timeline to complete the disease.
"My budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the necessary commitment to remove the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years," Trump said. "Together we will defeat AIDS in America."
"My budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the necessary commitment to remove the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years. We have made incredible progress," said President Trump. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/LotQLDvX0j
– PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) February 5, 2019
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 million Americans are living with HIV and 40,000 new infections each year.
"In recent years, we have made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS," Trump said. "Scientific breakthroughs have brought a unique dream within reach."
Nevertheless, some of Trump's movements over the past two years have been criticized by spokesmen.
The administration fired members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV / AIDS by the end of 2017, and new co-chairs were not sworn in last month.
The rest of the council is still vacant.
Trump has also not appointed a director of the Office of the National AIDS Policy, which was formed under former President Clinton.
His administration has also requested cuts to domestic and global HIV / AIDS programs in previous budgets.
Trump's proposal would increase access to drugs for people living with HIV and focus prevention efforts in communities with the highest HIV HIV.
"Although we may have political differences with the president and his administration, this initiative, if properly implemented and resourced, can fall into history as one of the key achievements of his presidency," said Director Michael Ruppal, AIDS Institute.