Bill Gates Compares Trump To JFK After Phone Conversation: "Leadership Through Innovation"

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Bill Gates told CNBC on Tuesday morning that after speaking to the president-elect on the phone, he thinks Trump has an opportunity to establish "American leadership through innovation."

"A lot of his message has been about ... where he sees things not as good as he'd like," the Microsoft founder said on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

"But in the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that," Gates said, "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 organize things, get rid of regulatory barriers, and have American leadership through innovation."

Gates said he recently spoke with Trump about the power of innovation: "Of course, my whole career has been along those lines. And he was interested in listening to that. And I'm sure there will be further conversation."

Watch the entire interview with Gates below:

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