Sir Bill told his staff at the Gates Foundation that he had two meetings with Donald Trump since the president was elected. In the video, Gates says Trump doesn't know the difference between two sexually transmitted diseases -- human papillomavirus (HPV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). However, he knew a "scary" amount about what Gates' daughter looked like.
Gates also said he urged Trump to support innovation and technology during those meetings.
He first met Trump in December 2016. He told the audience that Trump had previously come across his daughter, Jennifer, at a horse show in Florida. "And then about 20 minutes later he flew in on a helicopter to the same place", Gates said, according to the video of the event broadcast by MSNBC late Thursday. "So clearly he had been driven away, but he wanted to make a grand entrance in a helicopter. Anyway, so when I first talked to him, it was actually kind of scary how much he knew about my daughter's appearance. Melinda (Gates' wife) didn't like that too well."
Gates said he discussed science with Trump on two separate occasions, where he says the President questioned him on the difference between HIV and HPV.
"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.
Gates said no, that's a dead end, that would be a bad thing, don't do that.
"Both times he wanted to know if there was a difference between HIV and HPV so I was able to explain that those are rarely confused with each other", Gates said.