Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder and mega-billionaire Bill Gates, gave the Trump Administration a “grade” of D- for its response to the coronavirus pandemic, as reported by Politico.
In her assessment, Gates falsely claimed that there was no coordinated national response from the Trump Administration, and instead claimed that most of the burden was taken up by the nation’s governors. She also falsely claimed that America has not done enough testing, and compared the American response to Germany’s response, claiming that the latter was better.
Gates said during an interview with Politico that “if we were doing the things that the exemplar countries are doing, like Germany, we would be testing.” However, the United States has already been testing, and President Trump recently confirmed in a press conference that the United States has tested more people than any other country in the world.
She also claimed that America was “lacking in its response” with regards to other countries suffering from similar outbreaks, and said that the United States should give more foreign aid to African countries.
Gates and her husband Bill have been actively calling for an expedited process in developing a coronavirus vaccine. As a result, Gates has come under heavy scrutiny for his various investments and business interests in companies working on possible vaccines, and has become the subject of many conspiracy theories alleging some level of deliberate involvement, planning, or foreknowledge of the coronavirus outbreak.