Melinda Gates rips Trump’s ‘misguided’ budget
Melinda Gates tore into President Trump’s proposed budget, warning against cutting funds for programs that help women and children.
Gates, a philanthropist and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said a statement that budgets are a “reflection of our priorities.”
“When we cut funding for the programs that are keeping women and children alive, it sends a signal to the world that we do not care about their lives or futures,” she said in the statement, according to Time.
Gates said Trump’s budget proposal “continues the misguided approach the Administration has taken toward global health and development over the past year.”
“Make no mistake: foreign aid funding protects American lives, too,” she said.
She also warned that family planning is “a matter of life and death” for women and children around the world.
“Without the ability to plan and space their pregnancies, women are more likely to die in childbirth, their babies are less likely to survive childhood, and more vulnerable families are trapped in a cycle of poverty,” she said.
Trump on Monday rolled out a $4.4 trillion budget that provides a window into the administration’s priorities for the coming year.
The administration is using the budget to advance its goals of strengthening the military, improving infrastructure and constructing a border wall.
The spending plan, which has little chance of passage, includes cuts to some foreign aide and domestic health programs.