MSNBC's "All in With Chris Hayes" aired footage Thursday night of the Microsoft founder speaking at a Gates Foundation event, telling the crowd about two meetings he had with Trump, one at Trump Tower during the presidential transition and another at the White House past year. "So clearly he had been driven away but he wanted to make a grand entrance in a helicopter".
Several weeks ago, Gates told STAT News, that POTUS had offered him a job as the White House science adviser.
"Both times he wanted to know if there was a difference between HPV and HIV", Gates said in the video. More tonight at 8PM ET. Gates continued: "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 somebody - I think it was Robert Kennedy Jr - was advising him that vaccines were causing bad things".
Trump since appears to have abandoned plans to investigate debunked theories linking childhood immunisations and autism. " as one of its common health questions". It's not important that the most powerful man in the world isn't sure of whether it's a disease that leads to AIDS and has killed millions, or a commonplace vaccine.
The clip, which aired Thursday night during MSNBC's All in With Chris Hayes, shows the Microsoft founder addressing the crowd at a Gates Foundation event earlier this year.
The philanthropist also recounted an anecdote from the first time he met Trump, and the president referred to himself in the third person. "His first sentence kind of threw me off, [Trump] said: 'Trump hears that you don't like what Trump's doing.' And I thought, 'Wow..."
"That's not a good use of my time", Gates responded to the president, as relayed to STAT.
"I didn't put him to the test, whether that was a serious thing or not", Gates said.
"So if he spent more time actually learning policy, if he devoted just a quarter of the time that he devotes to harassing women and gawking at women to actual policy, memorising and learning policy, I think the country would be a lot better off".