The tech icon told the audience that his first encounter with the sitting president took place in New York in December 2016, and then they met again in March 2017 at the White House.
“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 and somebody – I think it was Robert Kennedy Jr – was advising him that vaccines were causing bad things. And I said no, that’s a dead end, that would be a bad thing, don’t do that. Both times he wanted to know if there was a difference between HIV and HPV so I was able to explain that those are rarely confused with each other,” he said.
Bill Gates also recalled that Trump had run into his daughter Jennifer, at a horse show in Florida, and when he met POTUS in New York, it appeared that the president knew a “scary” amount about the entrepreneur’s daughter’s looks, even though Trump spent only 20 minutes at the event.
“So when I first talked to him it was actually kind of scary how much he knew about my daughter’s appearance. Melinda [Gates’s wife] didn’t like that too well.”
Social media users couldn’t remain on the sidelines as Gates told about his encounter with POTUS, with many thinking his remarks were “hilarious”:
I'm torn. On the one hand, this is a pointless story that likely will not help the anti-Trump cause and feed the stereotype of condescending liberals looking down their nose at the rubes.— Brad Pickar (@bpickar) 18 мая 2018 г.
On the other hand, it's freaking hilarious.
Bill Gates: So now that you are president, what can I help you out with: charity work? Cyber security?— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) 18 мая 2018 г.
Trump: I need you to explain HIV and HPV to me…
It's like asking the late Steve Jobs to explain the intricate art of japanese ceremony and kabuki dance— BULLSHIT BUSTER (@WonderWinged) 18 мая 2018 г.
HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, causes AIDS, while HPV, or human papillomavirus, is an infection that can trigger cervical cancer.
In an interview with STAT news, Gates said that Donald Trump offered him the position of White House science adviser in March, but the tech genius turned down the role.