POLITICO's Pulse Check

Can we trust Trump on HIV?

Episode Summary

The president says he wants to end the HIV epidemic. His track record suggests otherwise.

Episode Notes

He's tried to cut global HIV funds. He's made moves to roll back LGBTQ protections. He reportedly confused "HIV" and "HPV."

Can we really trust President Donald Trump when he promises to end the HIV epidemic in a decade?

Jen Kates of the Kaiser Family Foundation joins POLITICO's Dan Diamond to discuss the president's pledge, his latest funding moves and the state of the global fight against HIV.


Trump promised at the State of the Union that he would end "AIDS in America and beyond."

The strategy unveiled by Trump's health department faces a potential minefield, from skeptical public health experts to conservative religious organizations.

Meanwhile, Trump's budget proposed new money for domestic HIV initiatives — but significantly cut global health efforts.

Anthony Fauci, the federal government's top infectious disease official, says that the recent cure of an HIV patient isn't a path to curing everyone.