"We are in the possibility business, " former president Bill Clinton told a standing room only crowd on the final day of the International Conference on AIDS in Amsterdam today.
The world must "hold the line" until a vaccine or cure is found, or face "calamitous" consequences, "There can be no Brexit in the fight against AIDS," said the founder of the Clinton HIV Initiative, referring to Britain's decision to leave the European Union.
"Through a combination of complacency in some places and outright hostility to global multinational cooperative efforts in others, there is a serious risk that many people will say: 'Let's quit doing this'," Clinton told delegates and media attending the event.
Clinton went on to say that the election of 2016 that ushered in the Trump administration was "a dark time" but he knew it was "time to rally, not retreat." So he immediately called his predecessor George W. Bush, whom he praised for creating PEPFAR (The United States President's Relief Fund for AIDS Relief), to tell Bush that "they" would be coming for the fund and so Clinton helped him strategize so they would be sure Trump couldn't dismantle the program.
Watch the speech below: