Florida Senator Marco Rubio met with Microsoft Founder Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda to discuss ongoing efforts to fight starvation and aids abroad. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation tackles a myriad of philanthropic efforts which include quality of life measures around the world to issues like education here at home.
Gates and Rubio discussed the future of the International Affairs Budget. the Senator from Florida noted that the U.S is already the biggest donor to the United Nations World Food Program, the world’s leading humanitarian relief effort on food crises.
“While Obama Administration-era tax proposals targeting charitable giving are no longer a concern, when Congress debates the issue of tax reform in the near future, we should re-evaluate our laws and regulations to make sure they are not discouraging Americans from giving to charities that serve our local communities here at home, as well as people in need abroad.” said Rubio.
While in Washington, Gates also met with President Donald Trump to emphasize the return of investment of some foreign aid efforts in providing stable markets and a safer world.
This isn’t the first time non-elected, celebrity philanthropist Rubio has met with. He’s also met with others like U2 Singer like Bono to discuss helping others around the world.
“Foreign assistance is not charity.” continued Rubio “Time and time again, we have seen that where America fails to engage or allows power vacuums to emerge unchecked, chaos and misery often ensue. When we fail to lead, the price of engaging later is often significantly higher.”