Bill Gates sat down with President Donald Trump and came away with a new point of view. The philanthropist now thinks he’s ‘pragmatic’! Bill’s sure that the president can be calm and sensible when it comes to his proposed future budget cuts. Wait — what?
Microsoft magnate Bill Gates, 61, is hoping that President Donald Trump, 70, will rethink his proposed cuts to foreign aid and healthcare spending, touting what he calls Trump’s “pragmatism” to Bloomberg News. The billionaire philanthropist, who heads the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, met with the president at the White House in March after publicly criticizing his proposed budget cuts, and their conversation was apparently constructive.
“I’ve talked to him about HIV and how the US should be proud of our work there,” Bill said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Geneva on April 17. “This dialog is important: you’ve seen his pragmatism on a number of things, and I’m certainly hoping that these health-related budgets receive some of that attention.”
“He’s pragmatic on a lot of things. You know, it means talking to him and giving him some background that he might not have had through his past work,” Bill said. “He wants to be a leader, he wants to have things that he’s actually accomplished.”
This is probably the first time that anyone has ever referred to Trump as pragmatic, or anything close to it! Clearly, Bill is holding out hope that Trump will stop being “Trump” and see the light. He told Bloomberg that he doesn’t think any of the proposed healthcare cuts will make it through Congress, anyway. Bill’s comments come just a week after Trump changed course on a number of policy issues and campaign promises, like refusing to label China a “currency manipulator” and declaring that NATO is no longer a problem. He has a point; Trump could reverse his stance on budget cuts, too.
HollywoodLifers, do you agree with Bill Gates? Do you think the president is pragmatic?