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Bill Gates Says ‘America First’ Endangers U.S. Influence in Africa

  • Billionaire spoke to Bloomberg News in Davos, Switzerland
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Bill Gates speaks with Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait at the World Economic Forum in Davos.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp. and the second-richest person in the world, said there’s a danger that U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” approach could damage the U.S.’s influence in Africa in the long term.

Other countries like China are continuing to push into the African continent, and the U.S. should not pull back, Gates said in an interview with Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait in Davos, Switzerland. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent about $12 billion on global health projects in the last five years, focusing on diseases like malaria and tuberculosis.