“Trump twice asked me the difference between HIV and HPV,” Bill Gates dishes on his meeting with Trump

"Trump twice asked me the difference between HIV and HPV," Bill Gates dishes on his meeting with Trump

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has spoken about his meeting with Donald Trump and he revealed quite a lot; including that Trump twice asked him the difference between HIV and HPV and knew a “scary” amount about Gates’s daughter’s looks.

Gates made the revelation at a recent Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation meeting, where Gates took questions from staff, according to MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes show, which broadcast the footage on Thursday.

Gates told the audience how Trump had met his daughter Jennifer, now 22, at a horse show in Florida.

Gates adds:

And then about 20 minutes later he flew in on a helicopter to the same place. So clearly he had been driven away but he wanted to make a grand entrance in a helicopter.

Gates himself met Trump for the first time in New York in December 2016, he recalled:

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.

They met again in March last year at the White House.

Gates continued:

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.

Gates made his audience laugh when he recounted one particular incident from his meeting with Trump

Gates said:

When I walked in, his first sentence kind of threw me off. He said: ‘Trump hears that you don’t like what Trump is doing.’ And I thought, ‘Wow, but you’re Trump.’ I didn’t know the third-party form was always expected. ‘Gates says that Gates knows that you’re not doing things right.’

Following Gates revelation, Tara Dowdell, Democratic strategist, told MSNBC host Chris Hayes:

We’re looking at a president that doesn’t know the difference between HIV and HPV but he has memorised Bill Gates’ daughter’s appearance.

So if he spent more time actually learning policy, if he devoted just a quarter of the time that he devotes to harassing women and gawking at women to actual policy, memorising and learning policy, I think the country would be a lot better off.