Melinda Gates: President Trump’s ‘Misguided’ Budget Shows U.S. Doesn’t Care About Women and Children

Source: Time

By ARIC JENKINS

February 12, 2018

President Trump on Monday released his latest budget request for the next fiscal year.The plan drew reactions from all over, including criticism from philanthropist Melinda Gates, who took issue with a “misguided” approach to global health and poverty funding.

Gates, whose work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aims to reduce health inequities around the developing world, said that Trump’s proposed cuts to international health programs leaves the U.S. vulnerable to health crises like rapidly-spreading pandemics.

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“[Trump’s proposal] continues the misguided approach the Administration has taken toward global health and development over the past year,” Gates said in a statement. “For example, the fact that we already had health workers on the ground in Nigeria fighting polio was a key reason we were able to contain the last Ebola epidemic before it reached our shores.

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