Bill Gates takes swipe at Trump over Covid saying ‘most governments listen to their scientists, not attack them'

Bill Gates takes swipe at Trump over Covid saying ‘most governments listen to their scientists, not attack them'

BILL Gates took a swipe at President Trump over coronavirus, saying "most governments listen to their scientists, not attack them."

The Microsoft founder's comment came in an interview with CNBC's Squawk Box on Wednesday.

Without directly naming Trump, Gates took a hit at the president.

Gates said it's “mind-blowing” that coronavirus test results in the US take "way longer to come back" than they should, compared to other countries.

The philanthropist told CNBC other countries are doing "very, very well" in helping halt spread of Covid-19.

“That’s a purely technical thing, not a political thing," Gates said.

"Most governments take advantage of their scientists and listen to them. They don’t undermine them and attack them.

He added: “Mask compliance in the United States is quite poor. And yet the cost of the mask and the productivity lost from [not wearing] the mask, it’s quite an intervention.”

Trump has repeatedly flouted advice from doctors, and often been pictured without a mask and held crowded rallies.

The US remains the top country for coronavirus cases worldwide, with over 7.8million cases and more than 216,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The second country, meanwhile, is India, with over 7.2million cases.

India's population is more than four times that of the US, with more than 1.3billion people compared to America's 328million.

Gates has previously been critical of Trump and the US government's response to coronavirus

In an interview with with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, Gates warned there will be "lots of additional deaths coming" due to coronavirus.

"The fact that the testing results don’t come back in 24 hours when we reimburse these worthless things – we are running the worst testing system in terms of access to it of any country,” Gates said.

He continued: “You do have to admit you haven’t done a good job and make some straight-forward changes. Just the way the reimbursement is done is crazy.”

Gates then slammed Trump and the White House indirectly, questioning: "Why didn't we pay attention to the warnings?"

In September, the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation founder told STAT that he disagreed with Scott Atlas, who was rumored to be replacing Dr. Anthony Fauci on the coronavirus task force.

“The administration’s now hired this Stanford guy who has no background at all just because he agrees with their crackpot theories,” Gates told STAT of the Trump adviser.

Gates added that “it blows the mind” that the Trump administration recently rewrote guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to state that people who do not have symptoms of the virus do not need to get tested.

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