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Bill Gates says Donald Trump didn't know what HIV was

Bill Gates says Donald Trump didn't know what HIV was

During a recent Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation meeting, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has claimed US President Donald Trump repeatedly asked if HIV and HPV were the same thing.

MSNBC host Chris Hayes says that Trump asked Gates this twice: Once at their meeting in 2017, and again at their meeting in 2018. Gates said that Trump left the event and made a big show of flying back to the same event in a helicopter 20 minutes later.

Gates also noted: "When I first talked to [Trump] 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". In April, Gates said that Trump offered him a role as White House science advisor, which he declined, saying that it was "not a good use of my time".

"Both times he wanted to know the difference between HIV and HPV, and so I was able to explain that those are things that are rarely confused with each other."

On Twitter, one user wrote "Bill Gates out there owning Donald Trump like he was headlining the White House Correspondents' Dinner".

Jennifer Gates, daughter of Bill Gates, competes during the Style and Competition for Amade charity costumed event of the Paris Masters equestrian jumping competition on December 7, 2013 at the Parc des Expositions in Villepinte, north of Paris.

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"So clearly he had been driven away, but he wanted to make a grand entrance in a helicopter", Gates said, mimicking the flight path of Trump's helicopter with his hand, eliciting another round of laughs. 79 million Americans, most in their late teens and early 20's, are infected with HPV.

Gates said that during his first meeting at Trump Tower the president referred to himself in the third person.

Although both viruses are often spread sexually, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can lead to AIDS, while the less-serious human papillomavirus (HPV) sometimes causes genital warts and lesions that can become cancerous.

Gates added: "I said, 'No, that's a dead end". "In both of those two meetings he asked me if vaccines were a bad thing", Gates said. HPV is a different virus than HIV and HSV (herpes).

Billionaire Bill Gates has told of how he had to school President Donald Trump on the facts of life, explaining that human immuno-deficiency virus and human papilloma virus are not the same thing.


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