President Trump promised on Tuesday to eradicate cancer, cure AIDS and “lay the foundation to land astronauts on Mars,” all during the first rally of his 2020 campaign.
"We will eradicate AIDS in America once and for all, and we're very close. We will lay the foundation for landing American astronauts on the surface of Mars,” the president said in Orlando, Florida.
"We will push onward with new medical frontiers. We will come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases — including cancer and others, and we're getting closer all the time," he added.
The president has repeatedly stated his commitment to fighting HIV, and other chronic diseases. In February the president promised to channel more money and resources to eradicate the illness by 2030. During his State of the Union Address that same month, he said the administration would concentrate its resources on 48 countries and other “hotspots” of infectious diseases.
Trump’s space strategy will largely focus on private firms. The president previously announced would eliminate federal funding for the I.S.S. by 2025, in order to channel $150 million to Elon Musk’s SpaceX, and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.