Bill Gates claimed in a recent interview that, after being offered a position, he turned down an opportunity to be the administration's science advisor.
"That's not a good use of my time," Gates reportedly said.
According to reports, Trump was alarmed about a vacancy and wanted to quickly fill it. As a result, Trump apparently offered the position — science and technology policy advisor — to Gates. Although Gates is quick to note that he wasn't quite sure whether Trump was serious in offering him the position.
"I didn't put him to the test," claimed Gates, after noting that he wasn't sure if Trump was being serious.
“He probably himself didn’t know if he was serious. It was a friendly thing. He was being friendly,” he added.
The Hill reports that the position has been empty since John Holdren, the director of science and technology policy under then President Obama, resigned toward the end of the administration.
The billionaire philanthropist and founder of Microsoft has met with President Trump on several occasions, primarily to advocate for a universal flu vaccine.
Gates has claimed that Trump was very interested in the idea.
According to Business Insider, the meeting when Trump asked Gates if he wanted to be an adviser to the administration was during his third formal meeting with the president. This particular meeting was intended to convince Trump to invest government resources in plans to combat pandemic diseases, which he claims could potentially save millions of people around the world.
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