Melinda Gates rips Trump's 'misguided' budget

Melinda Gates rips Trump's 'misguided' budget

Bill Gates, 62, said he was particularly anxious about Trump's threats to cut foreign aid, which the Gates Foundation considers critical in the global battle against disease and poverty. The Gates family has been making good on this pledge for almost two decades through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which donates money in hopes of improving healthcare and bringing people out of poverty across the world, among other things. The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer, a survey released in January, finds that global trust in nongovernmental organizations by the "informed public" dipped three percentage points over the past year, and fell nine overall in the United States.

Bill and Melinda Gates have some reservations about the President.

During the 2016 election campaign against Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump was criticized for insulting women, and for his remarks, captured on video, in which he bragged about groping them. "My view is that engaging with the world has proven over time to benefit everyone, including Americans, more than withdrawing does", he said in his 10th annual letter with wife Melinda.

"I wish our president would treat people, and especially women, with more respect when he speaks and tweets", she wrote. "Equality is an important national principle", she wrote.

The president has a responsibility to "set a good example and empower all Americans through his statements and his policies", she said.

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The Gates Foundation has about 1,500 employees on four continents and an endowment of some $40 billion.

In the letter, Bill and Melinda say they give away their money because doing so is both meaningful and fun. In it, the tenth annual letter that they've written, they respond to 10 tough questions they've received over the years from non-profit partners, government leaders, the general public - and supporters and critics alike.

"Even though we're in so many different areas - just take global health and disease areas - people will ask us all the time to put our voice yet behind something else", Melinda Gates said. Where we go, who we spend our time with, what we read and watch and listen to - these decisions are made through the prism of our work at the foundation (when we're not watching "The Crown" or "The Man in the High Castle.").Maybe 20 years ago we could have made a different choice about what to do with our wealth. The number of mothers who die has also dropped. "We keep talking to them because if the U.S. cuts back on its investments overseas, people in other countries will die, and Americans will be worse off".

The couple also addressed their own personal privilege in answer to the eighth question-"Is it fair that you have so much influence?". Bill answers, "A lot, but not as much as either of us would like".

On the question of philanthropy at home, the Gateses acknowledge that the $500million they spend in the United States each year - mostly on education - pales compared to the $4billion the foundation spends in developing countries. There's another issue at the heart of this question.

Melinda: No. It's not fair that we have so much wealth when billions of others have so little.

"The visit made us think through other ways we could help people get out of poverty", Bill Gates wrote.

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