Bill Gates turned down Trump job offer: ‘That’s not a good use of my time’

Bill Gates turned down Trump job offer: ‘That’s not a good use of my time’

Bill Gates said in a new interview that he turned down President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE’s offer to be the administration’s science adviser, saying “That’s not a good use of my time.”

Gates told the health and science site Stat News that he mentioned to Trump that he was worried about the vacancy during a 40-minute meeting with the president.

Gates said Trump offered him the position, but added that he didn’t know if the president's offer was serious.

“I didn’t put him to the test, whether that was a serious thing or not,” Gates said. 

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“He probably himself didn’t know if he was serious. It was a friendly thing. He was being friendly.”

The position has been empty since former President Obama’s director of science and technology policy, John Holdren, resigned at the end of that administration.

The billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder has met with Trump several times to advocate for a universal flu vaccine.

Gates told Stat News that Trump was “super interested” in the idea.