Bill Gates compares Trump to JFK
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Bill Gates said Tuesday that President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE’s potential to bring innovation to the U.S. resembles that of President John F. Kennedy’s.

Gates, the billionaire Microsoft founder and philanthropist, told CNBC that Trump can lead the U.S. “through innovation” and compared Trump’s ideas to Kennedy’s expansion of the U.S. space program in the early 1960s.

“But in the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that, I think whether it’s education or stopping epidemics … [or] in this energy space, there can be a very upbeat message that [Trump’s] administration [is] going to organizing things, get rid of regulatory barriers, and have American leadership through innovation,” Gates said.

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Gates, who recently spoke to Trump for the first time on the phone, said he expects to be in touch with the president-elect again in the future.

“Of course, my whole career has been along those lines,” Gates said of innovation. “And he was interested in listening to that. And I’m sure there will be further conversation.”

Gates has criticized Trump in the past, saying he “hasn’t been known for philanthropy.”

However, Gates said during the election campaign that he would hope to have a positive relationship with either Trump's or Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonLewandowski says 'womp womp' at story of young girl being separated from mother at border Giuliani: FBI asked me about tease of a 'surprise' before election Republicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe MORE's administration, Politico reported.

Gates was recently honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.