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Microsoft founder Bill Gates praised President-elect Donald Trump today, likening him to President John F. Kennedy.

Gates told CNBC's "Squawk Box" that he spoke to the president-elect on the phone and had a discussion about "innovation."

"In the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that, I think that whether it's education or stopping epidemics, other health breakthroughs, finishing polio, and in this energy space, there can be a very upbeat message that his administration is going to organize things, get rid of regulatory barriers, and have American leadership through innovation be one of the things that he gets behind," Gates said.

"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."

Gates said it was the first time he had spoken with Trump, though he said they have mutual friends.

Later on Tuesday, Gates met with the president-elect at Trump Tower.

Watch the interview below, and let us know what you think in the comments.


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