Trump Hosts Bill Gates, World's Richest Man, at White House

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Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, will meet with President Trump on Monday at the White House. A Senior Admin Official tells FOX that the meeting will be on a "variety of topics," including the economy.

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Ahead of the meeting, Gates wrote an opinion editorial for TIME, stating that he has concerns about the administration's move to cut foreign aid spending, saying it keeps America safe.

 

“We are deeply troubled that the budget proposal disproportionately affects the poorest people, abroad and at home," Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said in a statement on Thursday. "Empowering people to lead healthy, productive lives creates more stable societies, which are critical to our national security.”  The foundation has partnered with the U.S. government for years on foreign aid, health and education initiatives.

 

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Bill and his wife Melinda, started the Gates Foundation 17 years ago to further global healthcare and education initiatives. Last November, President Obama awarded the couple the presidential medal of freedom for their commitment to social causes.  

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Gates is the richest man in the world with a net worth of $85 billion, according to Forbes. Much of that wealth followed his founding of tech-bellwether Microsoft (MSFT).

 

Gates told FOX Business in January that he was “excited” about the next chapter with the Trump Administration and will continue The Gates Foundation partnerships with the government on global outreach.

 

Gates and Trump previously met at Trump Tower in December where they discussed health, education and the impact of foreign aid.

 

Calls by FOX Business to Gates were not returned at the time of publication.

 

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