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

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.

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

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Andrew Wyrich

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Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).