I don’t know about you, but I can remember the day that Donald Trump was elected like it was yesterday. My mom excitedly ran into my bedroom in a state of mild delirium while my heart sank. Now, 18 months after he was sworn into power, the present is still as divisive as ever.
From referring to Jim Jong-un as a “little rocket man” on Twitter to being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after the Korean War ended, it’s safe to say that there’s not a dull day in the mad world of Donald Trump, but being a part of it certainly doesn’t appeal to everyone.
Despite the fact that the Trump administration has been in operation for almost a year and a half, there are still some vacancies in it, and The Donald recently tried to hire the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, to fill one of them and certainly did not get the response he wanted.
Check out the video below for the lowdown on these two incredibly successful men:
So what exactly did President Trump try to hire Bill Gates as? His Science Advisor.
Now, on the off chance that you’ve been living under a rock for the past 18 months, then you’ll know that this is now a pretty important job considering Trump decided it would be a fantastic idea for the US to pull out of the Paris Agreement – it’s a little pledge that nations have made to do their bit for climate change, but apparently melting of the ice caps won’t affect the US.
Anyway, the last guy who was Science Advisor, John Holdren, left with the Obamas, and people have started to get antsy that there’s still no replacement.
As the founder of one of the world’s most successful tech companies, you can see why Trump thought Gates would be perfect.
Gates revealed that he was asked to do the job during his 40 minutes in the Oval Office in an interview with STAT.
It was then that the president decided he’d casually offer Gates a job.
“Hey, maybe we should have a science advisor?” Gates reportedly said to Trump.
“Do you want to be the science advisor?” Trump replied.
The Microsoft founder then hit back with one of the most savage one-liners to have ever been uttered in the White House.
“That’s not a good use of my time,” Gates responded.
Gates, however, went on to explain that his reply was not as brutal as it sounds (yeah, I believe you Bill, but millions wouldn’t).
“I didn’t put him to the test, whether that was a serious thing or not. He probably himself didn’t know if he was serious. It was a friendly thing. He was being friendly,” Gates said of the job offer in his interview with STAT.
The vacant Science Advisor position, however, was not the only thing which Gates discussed with Trump.
Gates said that they also talked about a universal flu vaccine, with the Microsoft founder asking the president, “You should associate yourself with American innovation. Wouldn’t you love to have the universal flu vaccine be something that really got kicked off and energized by you?”
Trump was pleased with Gates’ suggestion and reportedly lit up at the prospect of it.
According to Gates, there’s now “good work” being done to make this vaccine a reality. I guess Trump might prove his critics wrong in the end.
Gates himself has a personal interest in the development of a universal flu vaccine, donating $12 million into its development projects.
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