Melinda Gates on Trump racism row, 'senseless' anti-vaxxers and arguing with the Pope | ITV News



As co-chair of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates has poured billions into philanthropy projects around the world.

She spoke to ITV News at Ten Presenter Julie Etchingham in central London before heading to Paris to address G7 finance ministers on funding needed to boost digital financial inclusion, which she believes can transform the lives of women living in poverty.

Mrs Gates explained on the Ask A Woman digital podcast why delivering phones with digital bank accounts could add $3.7 trillion (£2.98 trillion) to emerging economies by 2025 and create 95 million more jobs.

And she discussed the biggest talking point in US politics, throwing her powerful voice behind those condemning Donald Trump’s attack on four congresswomen as racist, telling ITV News the US president “isn’t being true” to American values.

In a wide-ranging interview, the healthcare and equality campaigner condemned the anti-vax movement as “senseless” and explained why she is happy – as a practising Catholic – to battle the Vatican over contraception.

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