U.S. President Trump, Bill Gates Meet To Discuss Global Health, Development Programs

Associated Press/CBS News: Bill Gates, Trump meet to discuss foreign aid
“Tech billionaire Bill Gates met with President Donald Trump to discuss progress in programs for global health and development as well as domestic education. Gates, who as the co-founder of Microsoft is the world’s wealthiest man, highlighted the ‘indispensable role that the United States has played in achieving these gains,’ his foundation said in a statement…” (3/20).

Bloomberg: Trump Meets Bill Gates After President Seeks Cuts in Foreign Aid
“…White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the two spoke about their ‘shared commitment to finding and stopping disease outbreaks around the world.’ Gates, who wrote an article saying cuts to foreign aid Trump proposed would make America ‘less safe,’ didn’t speak to reporters afterward…” (Olorunnipa, 3/20).

Forbes: Bill Gates, Opponent of Plan To Cut Foreign Aid, Meets With President Trump At The White House
“…Details about the exchange weren’t immediately available, but Gates Foundation spokeswoman Sarah Logan said in an email before the meeting that Gates would be talking with U.S. government officials about development initiatives. ‘The foundation has a long history of working with officials on both sides of the aisle to pursue shared priorities like global health and development and domestic education,’ Logan wrote. ‘Bill will meet with members of the administration and congressional leaders to discuss the tremendous progress made to-date in these areas and the critical and indispensable role that the United States has played in achieving these gains’…” (Sirtori-Cortina, 3/20).

Vox: Bill Gates takes his campaign against “America First” directly to Donald Trump today
“In a TIME magazine opinion article on Friday, Gates argued for why the cuts to global health in Trump’s budget proposal last week would actually make Americans sicker and less safe. ‘I understand why some Americans watch their tax dollars going overseas and wonder why we’re not spending them at home,’ Gates wrote. ‘Here’s my answer: These projects keep Americans safe. And by promoting health, security, and economic opportunity, they stabilize vulnerable parts of the world’…” (Belluz, 3/20).