Bill Gates met with President Donald Trump at the White House for a private conversation. Gates Foundation spokeswoman Sarah Logan mentioned that Gates met with the President to discuss development initiatives. Sarah Logan The President released a budget blueprint for the U.S. government last week, which included funding cuts for the U.S. State Department and foreign aid programs. In response to the cuts, Gates argued how foreign aid benefits the poor in foreign countries, but also helps Americans significantly. Bill Gates Here’s my answer: These projects keep Americans safe. And by promoting health, security and economic opportunity, they stabilize vulnerable parts of the world.