Bill Gates compares Trump to JFK
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Bill Gates said Tuesday that President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMark Walker to stay in North Carolina Senate race Judge lays out schedule for Eastman to speed up records processing for Jan. 6 panel Michael Avenatti cross-examines Stormy Daniels in his own fraud trial 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 ClintonThe Armageddon elections to come Poll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' MORE's administration, Politico reported.

Gates was recently honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.