Media Outlets Continue To Report On Annual Letter From Bill, Melinda Gates, Their Comments On President’s Budget Priorities

TIME: Bill and Melinda Gates: Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Foreign Aid Will Lead to More Deaths
“Bill and Melinda Gates used their 10th annual letter to answer tough questions about their work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — and to defend funding for health work and international aid, just a day after President Donald Trump’s budget proposed slashing resources to these areas…” (Ducharme, 2/13).

Livemint: Bill and Melinda Gates: The world needs to adapt to what’s happening and what we know is coming
“…Marked with handwritten notes, the letter talks about headlines being full of news about political division, violence, natural disasters, and sexual harassment (written in red in the margin) and then contrasts them with the brilliant work done by scientists who are inventing cutting-edge tools to cure disease, dedicated government leaders who are being creative about prioritizing health, and acknowledges the work of brave and brilliant individuals across the world who are imagining new ways to transform their communities…” (Chowdhry, 2/14).

NPR: Bill Gates Addresses ‘Tough Questions’ On Poverty And Power
“…After the letter was published on Tuesday, Bill Gates joined Ari Shapiro of NPR’s All Things Considered to answer a few more tough questions…” (Shaprio, 2/13).

The Hill: Melinda Gates rips Trump’s ‘misguided’ budget
“Melinda Gates tore into President Trump’s proposed budget, warning against cutting funds for programs that help women and children. Gates, a philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said [in] a statement that budgets are a ‘reflection of our priorities.’ ‘When we cut funding for the programs that are keeping women and children alive, it sends a signal to the world that we do not care about their lives or futures,’ she said in the statement, according to Time…” (Savransky, 2/13).

CNBC: In their 2018 annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates share the secret to their optimism (Mejia, 2/13).

U.S. News & World Report: Gates Letter: Bill and Melinda Talk Wealth, Trump (Trimble, 2/13).

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