Editor’s Note: Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The views expressed are her own.

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Melinda Gates: Trump administration proposes cuts to foreign aid that has headed off epidemics, made US more secure

She says the money the US spends on foreign aid is a key long-term investment in Americans themselves

CNN  — 

One of the first lessons we learned when we started our foundation was a humbling one: Our resources are only a drop in the bucket compared with the needs around the world, and only a small percentage of what governments spend each year to help meet those needs.

Melinda Gates