Bill Gates: I had to explain to Trump the difference between HIV and HPV twice


Bill Gates said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says FBI may have placed spy in Trump campaign Giuliani: There is ‘nothing illegal about looking for dirt on political opponents’ Giuliani: If Mueller subpoenas us, we will challenge it MORE twice asked him to clarify the difference between HIV and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).

In remarks at a Gates Foundation event obtained and aired by MSNBC’s “All in With Chris Hayes,” the Microsoft founder told the crowd about two meetings he had with Trump, one at Trump Tower during the presidential transition and another at the White House last year.

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“Both times he wanted to know if there was a difference between HPV and HIV,” Gates said. “So I was able to explain that those were rarely confused with each other.”

He also said that Trump had asked him about the negative effects of vaccines at both of the meetings.

“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 the ill effects of vaccines,” Gates said.

“And I said, ‘no, that’s a dead end. That would be a bad thing, don’t do that.'”

Gates said last month that Trump was “super interested” in the idea of a universal flu vaccine.

He added that Trump had asked him to be a science adviser, but that he told the president that he didn’t believe the role would be a good use of his time.