At the opening plenary of the global family planning summit in London on Tuesday (8 August), Gates said: “This is a difficult political climate for family planning. I’m deeply troubled, as I’m sure you are, by the Trump administration’s proposed budget slash.
“If empowering women is more than just rhetoric for the president, he will prove it by funding family planning.”
Earlier in the day she said she hoped the US Congress would step up to block Trump’s proposed cuts.
The US is the largest donor for family planning, giving more than $600m this year alone.