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Bill Gates: Hillary Outdoes Trump on Global Health Issues

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By    |   Friday, 17 Jun 2016 11:47 AM

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said he believes Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has more experience with global health issues than her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, according to STAT News

Without mentioning likely Republican candidate Donald Trump by name, when asked whether he is confident that Trump understands global health issues, Gates said, "There have been questions about vaccines in general where some of the candidates have shown that they're not as up to date about vaccines in general, and that's got to be a concern."

"There's a lot of people out there who don't give science the benefit of the doubt," Gates said.

Gates worked with Clinton and husband Bill Clinton on global health issues through their Clinton Foundation. His foundation with his wife, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is one of the Clinton Foundation's biggest donors, according to the foundation's grantor information. 

The businessman said the importance of global health is more important than politics. "These causes are so important there's nothing that causes you to change your total commitment. Polio, HIV, malaria, we're going to work with whoever's elected."

He praised all the presidential administrations he has worked with, adding that the Obama administration has been "fantastic."

"The Bush administration initiated PEPFAR (an AIDS relief program) a miraculous, amazing program that has had bipartisan support. The Bush administration started the President's Malaria initiative — they picked a great leader, it's been a huge thing, it's perhaps why many fewer children die from malaria."

Gates credited the steps that were taken to fight Ebola, saying, "I do think the way the U.S. government stepped in on Ebola was extremely beneficial to the world."

Gates is passionate about combating poverty in developing countries, but he has faced some obstacles. He offered to donate 100,000 chickens to countries in sub-Saharan Africa and other nations — but a Bolivian minister rejected his offer, according to the Huffington Post

"How can he think we are living 500 years ago, in the middle of the jungle not knowing how to produce? Respectfully, he should stop talking about Bolivia," said Bolivian development minister, Cesar Cocarico.

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