President Kennedy is no doubt one of history’s most beloved presidents. Perhaps it is because of his efforts to keep the U.S. out of a third world war. Perhaps it was his iconic family. Perhaps even his untimely death contributes to this idea. That makes it all the more striking when one of the most famous men in the country compares President-elect Trump to JFK.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday following a phone conversation he had with the President-elect. He later met with Mr. Trump in person at Trump Tower in New York City.
“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.
Gates echoed the sentiments of others who have recently met with President-elect Trump including NFL great Jim Brown.
“Of course my whole career has been along those lines,” Gates said, “and he was interested in listening to that. And I’m sure there will be further conversation.”
This is a theme that has consistently emerged following meetings with the president-elect.
Although the two men have mutual friends, this was reportedly the first time they had spoken or met in person.