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Mike Pence’s record on AIDS comes up amid Trump’s SOTU pledge

People were quick to note Pence's history with AIDS.


Andrew Wyrich


Published Feb 5, 2019   Updated May 20, 2021, 7:50 pm CDT

President Donald Trump said during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night that the United States would “defeat” AIDS in the near future.

The president asked Congress to “make the needed commitment” to eliminate the AIDS within 10 years. However, as many people pointed out online, Trump asking for that “commitment” while standing in front of Vice President Mike Pence rang hollow.

Pence, while the governor of Indiana, was hesitant in signing an executive order to allow for clean needle exchanges amid an HIV outbreak in 2015, according to reports. His decision prolonged the epidemic.

Given the vice president’s history with AIDS, people quickly criticized the president’s remarks.




The vice president did speak at an event honoring World AIDS Day last year.


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*First Published: Feb 5, 2019, 9:31 pm CST