Historically speaking, it’s unclear how many times former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and current US president Donald Trump have sought one another out for a casual discussion prior to Trump’s current presidential run. However, within the last calendar year, Gates and Trump have met twice at an official capacity, and according to Gates, the meetings were less than productive and often veered into the comfortable for the former Microsoft CEO.
Footage of Gates taking questions at a recent Gates Foundation meeting has surfaced and started making the rounds on the internet giving viewers a glimpse into the types of conversations one of the worlds foremost technological and philanthropic minds had with one of the world’s most influential political figures.
Unfortunately, Gates’ session with Trump is more like bad stand up than an enlighted discourse about leading world change.
According to Gates, Trump had difficulty clarifying the difference between HIV and HPV viruses, had an uncomfortable recollection of the appearance of Gates’ daughter, referenced himself in 3rd person and displayed a pension for grand entrances.
Gates’ responses were met with thunderous laughter from his audience, due in part, to the absurdity of the encounter and his relatively unorthodox comedic delivery.
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) May 18, 2018
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) May 17, 2018
While Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s name has graced several headlines over the past few years for his myriad of post-company antics that include sports franchise purchases, on-stage guitar play or generous donations for brain research, Gates has been laser-focused on his philanthropy.
However, after the viral nature of his Q and A regarding his meeting with Trump, perhaps Gates maybe looking into a third career as a stand up comic.Further reading: Bill Gates, Microsoft, Paul Allen, Trump