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Wish Donald Trump would treat women with more respect: Melinda Gates

The president has a responsibility to set a good example and empower all Americans through his statements and his policies, said Melinda Gates.

world Updated: Feb 13, 2018 19:43 IST
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Melinda Gates and husband Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who are the co-founders of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, during a United Nations news conference in New York.
Melinda Gates and husband Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who are the co-founders of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, during a United Nations news conference in New York.(Reuters File Photo)

What could one the world’s biggest philanthropists wish for? Like many others, Melinda Gates wishes US President Donald Trump would treat women with more respect, when he speaks and tweets.

In their 10th annual letter on the working of their foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates expressed concerns about the US president’s worldview and the image that he projects to Americans and the rest of the world.

“...I believe one of the duties of the president of the United States is to role model American values in the world. I wish our president would treat people, and especially women, with more respect when he speaks and tweets,” Melinda Gates said in the letter, while stressing that equality is an important national principle.

“The president has a responsibility to set a good example and empower all Americans through his statements and his policies,” she said.

Former Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said he has been asked more about Trump and his policies in the past year than the other topics in the letter.

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While citing Trump’s proposed cuts to foreign aid, Gates said that Trump’s America First worldview concerns him.

“My view is that engaging with the world has proven over time to benefit everyone, including Americans, more than withdrawing does. Even if we measured everything the government did only by how much it helped American citizens, global engagement would still be a smart investment,” he said.

Gates said although “we disagree with this administration more than the others we’ve met with,” it’s still important to work together whenever possible. “We keep talking to them because if the US cuts back on its investments abroad, people in other countries will die, and Americans will be worse off,” he said in the letter.