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During his second State of the Union address, Donald Trump said that the United States would 'defeat AIDS' within a decade.

Speaking during his annual address, the Republican president said:

Scientific breakthroughs have brought a once-distant dream within reach.

My budget will ask Democrats and Republicans to make the needed commitment to eliminate the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years

Together, we will defeat AIDS in America and beyond.

However, many people online pointed out that Trump calling for the House to make such a commitment, when vice president Mike Pence was sitting right behind him, is somewhat problematic.

In 2016, Mike Pence, who was then the governor of Indiana, was hesitant to sign an executive order to allow clean needle exchanges amid the worst ever HIV outbreak in the state's history, reports the New York Times.

Some pointed out that Pence has historically made things worse for those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Others fact-checked Trump's policies that have been damaging.

HT Daily Dot

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