In Interviews, Gateses Express Concerns Over Expansion Of Mexico City Policy, Effects Of Trump Administration’s ‘America First’ Policy On Global Health Bipartisanship

The Guardian: Trump’s ‘global gag’ aid rule endangers millions of women and children, Bill Gates warns
“The ‘global gag rule’ imposed by Donald Trump, blocking U.S. funds to any [foreign] organization involved in abortion advice and care overseas, could impact millions of women and girls, endangering their lives and those of their babies, Bill and Melinda Gates have warned. … Bill Gates said their foundation would not be able to bridge the potential funding gap. ‘The U.S. is the No. 1 donor in the work that we do. Government aid can’t be replaced by philanthropy. When government leaves an area like that, it can’t be offset, there isn’t a real alternative. This expansion of this policy, depending on how it’s implemented, could create a void that even a foundation like ours can’t fill’…” (Boseley, 2/14).

USA TODAY: Bill Gates: New nationalism could put global health in danger
“…For the first time since creating the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, the billionaire and his foundation co-chair wife find themselves in the role of convincing governments that funding global health initiatives is in the national interest. In interviews with USA TODAY, both expressed deep concern over the inward-looking nature of the newly elected governments in the U.S. and Great Britain. … The Gateses worry a new nationalist view in the U.S. and its U.K. ally could jeopardize the $30 billion and $16 billion in foreign aid respectively that, when combined with the foundation’s $40 billion endowment, are critical to preventing deaths in poor countries. … Here in the U.S., Gates is concerned that the new administration’s agenda could jeopardize a historically bipartisan commitment to global health…” (della Cava, 2/14).

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