Bono thanks Congress for ignoring Trump's efforts to cut AIDS funding
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Rock musician Bono thanked Congress for ignoring President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE's efforts to cut funding for AIDS programs.

Bono told the Associated Press that U.S. lawmakers “have so far turned down this president’s request to cut AIDS funding — right and left in lockstep together on this.”

“Thank you for your leadership," he added.

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Bono, the lead singer for U2, also told the AP that while there have been gains in the prevention and treatment of AIDS, progress is at danger because of a lack of global leaders who are working to fight AIDS.

“We could be at the dumbest moment ever, which is we’re almost at the moon and we turn back,” Bono said. “There’s this gathering consensus and momentum — and now people are looking the other way, and it’s just the wrong moment.”

Bono is scheduled to co-host an auction next month to raise money to support the fight against AIDS.

He told the AP that budgets for AIDS programs have been slashed around the world, something he called "deeply upsetting."

“It’s really deeply upsetting for us all,” he said. “Because we were really getting excited. We thought, we’re at the point of inflection. And now we hear, ‘No, no. We’re going to cut these budgets.’ It’s not just America. A lot of countries are putting themselves first. At least they think it’s first — but as you know global health crises don’t respect borders."