FOR THE PAST YEAR, Bill and Melinda Gates have received the same question repeatedly while jetting around the world :

*How is President Trump affecting their work as two of the world's top philanthropists?

The president has rattled it in several ways, they answer.

His policies have shaken up the field of family planning, they say, and his derogatory comments about African countries and Haiti have caused disbelief among people they work with outside the United States.

''Those disparaging comments don't belong in any public discourse,'' Ms Gates said in a recent joint interview with her husband, the co-founder of Microsoft and one of the richest people in the world.

''That's not how to teach our kids to speak,'' she continued. '

'So it's disparaging to hear that kind of talk.''

Mr. and Ms Gates are badgered about Mr. Trump so often that they made the topic part of the annual letter they published on Tuesday, a digest the couple released about the philanthropic activities of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Believed to be the largest in the world, the foundation gave away more than $41 billion from its inception in 2000 through the end of 2016 ans is now spending $4 billion to $5 billion a year to combat malaria, reduce poverty and improve education.

This is the 10th annual letter the Gates have published, which they're marking by answering 10  ''tough questions'' they frequently get.

In addition to Mr. Trump, they address topics like why they team up with corporations and whether they are imposing their values on other cultures.

The first Gates letter was inspired by the  annual update the billionaire investor Warren E. Buffet writes to shareholders of his holding company, Berkshire Hathaway.

In 2006, Mr Buffet  the longtime friend of the couple's pledged the majority of his fortune to the Gates Foundation, where he is a trustee.

In philanthropic circles, the annual Gates letter is read as  avidly as for tidbits about giving trends as  Mr. Buffet's letter is by investors.

''There have been some interesting  tip-offs about where they are heading or their perspectives on things,'' said David Callahan, the founder and editors of charitable giving.

The Honor and serving of the latest Operational Research on Philanthropy continues to Part 2.   !WOW! thanks researcher and author, Nick Wingfield


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