Common Core creator Bill Gates says President Donald Trump asked him if the HIV and HPV viruses were the same. Gates revealed conversations he had with Trump in a video clip obtained by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
During a recent staff meeting of his Gates foundation, Gates said he managed to avoid being in the same place with Trump -- who then got elected president.
“There was a thing where he and I were at the same place before the election and I avoided him,” Gates told his co-workers. “Then he got elected. So then I went to see him in December.
Gates said Trump first asked about his 22-year-old daughter, who is an experienced equestrian.
"He knew my daughter, Jennifer, because Trump has this horse show thing down in Florida. Anyway, so when I first talked to him it was actually kind of scary how much he knew about my daughter's appearance. [Gates’ wife] Melinda did not like that too well."
During meetings at Trump Tower, Gates, who forced Common Core on American schoolchildren, says he urged Trump to become a leader in science and innovation, probably to advance HIV research.
“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 I said, ‘No, that is a dead end, that would be a bad thing, do not do that.’"
Gates added: “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."
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