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Donald Trump asked if HPV and HIV were the same thing and made some “scary” observations about the appearance of Bill Gates’ daughter, the billionaire philanthropist said in video footage obtained by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. The Bill Gates Trump HIV comment was made while the Microsoft co-founder was addressing staff at a recent meeting of his charitable Gates Foundation.
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“He wanted to know if there was a difference between HIV and HPV,” Gates said of Trump. “So I was able to explain that those are rarely confused with each other.”
Gates met with Trump twice: once after he was elected in December 2016 at Trump Tower, followed by another meeting in March 2017 at the White House. In both meetings, Gates attempted to get Trump on board with science and innovation. One of Gates’ suggestions was that Trump lead on the advancement of an HIV vaccine.
“In both of those two meetings he asked me if vaccines weren’t a bad thing because he was considering a commission to look into ill-effects of vaccines,” Gates said. “And somebody, Robert Kennedy Jr., was advising him that vaccines were causing bad things and I said, ‘No, that is a dead end, that would be a bad thing, do not do that.’”
Since becoming President, Trump has gone after HIV/AIDS funding, and fired the remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS after a half-dozen members quit in protest.
Gates also revealed that the president spoke about his daughter, 22-year-old Jennifer Gates, in a way that left both he and Gates’s wife unsettled.
“He knew my daughter Jennifer, because Trump has this horse show thing down in Florida,” he said. “In fact, he went up to Jen and was being super nice, and then like 20 minutes later, he flew in in a helicopter to the same place. So obviously he had been driven away, but he wanted to make a grand entrance in a helicopter.”
“Anyway, when I first talked to him it was actually kind of scary how much he knew about my daughter’s appearance. Melinda didn’t like that too well.”