Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Bill, Melinda Gates voice concerns over Trump's "America First" view

Bill, Melinda Gates voice concerns over Trump's Bill, Melinda Gates voice concerns over Trump's "America First" view
Charlie Simmons | 16 February, 2018, 07:01

The latter was inspired by the fact that of the roughly $4.5 billion in grants the Gates Foundation doles out each year-both Bill and Melinda have pledged to give away the majority of their wealth over their lifetimes-around $500 million goes to the US, while the rest they funnel into the developing world.

These views are shared by others in similar positions.

Attributing most of it to their upbringing, both aimed at nurturing what their parents had sowed in them.

(It's not always clear what's been successful and what hasn't, but our foundation team works hard to assess our impact, course correct and share lessons.) Although we've had some success in getting the world to pay more attention to health and extreme poverty, it would be hard to argue at this point that we made the world focus too much on them.

"Cash-strapped school districts are more likely to divert money and talent toward ideas they think we will fund", Melinda said.

Like many others, Melinda Gates wishes US President Donald Trump would treat women with more respect, when he speaks and tweets.

"Tech pioneer Bill Gates thinks the US can keep its historically influential role as a global leader".

It's an ever-pertinent question when it comes to philanthropy, and Bill says there are two main reasons why he and Melinda pour their time, effort, and funds into the Foundation.

"I want to make it OK for women to talk about their real experience", she said.

They also argued that saving children's lives does not cause overpopulation. I think he should be treated like the robber baron that he is.

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The annual letter from Bill and Melinda Gates usually paints a rosy view, with carefully curated success stories from the battle against global disease and poverty, and praise for new technologies backed by the Gates Foundation.

Melinda Gates also acknowledged that the foundation wields outsized influence because of her family's vast wealth.

"You just have to go look in Twitter to see the disparaging comments over and over and over again about women and minorities", Melinda Gates said.

"The world is not a safer place when more people are sick or hungry", Gates added.

In their tenth annual update for the Gates Foundation, the world's largest charitable entity, the couple said that the American president's plan to "impose severe cuts" on foreign aid would affect the foundation's work. He said that he was reassured that Congress had so far resisted the president's demands to cut aid and that he and his wife had increased their visits to Republican members of Congress to stress the importance of maintaining the aid budget. "We've learned over time to give each other feedback at home about times in the office when we didn't meet that goal", Melinda said.

"We keep talking to them because if the USA cuts back on its investments overseas, people in other countries will die, and Americans will be worse off", Bill added.

In response to the question: "What do you have to show for the billions you've spent on USA education?"

"The issues of economic mobility in America are deeply intertwined: education, employment, race, housing, mental health, incarceration, substance abuse", Bill writes.

"Having a little bit of grist in the system is actually a good thing", she said.

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