Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates suggested that Donald Trump could be Kennedy-esque, if the president-elect played his cards right.
Talking to CNBC's Becky Quick on the network's Squawk Box show, Gates suggested that Trump could establish 'American leadership through innovation.'
'In the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that,' Gates mentioned.
Gates relayed that he and Trump had spoken over the phone.
'I had an opportunity to talk to him about innovation,' Gates said.
'A lot of his message has been things, he's seen things not as good as he'd like,' the billionaire continued.
But Gates suggested Trump could tack on a hopeful message to this too.
'I think that whether it's education or stopping epidemics, other health breakthroughs, finishing Polio,' Gates said.
'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,' Gates said.
Gates said it was natural for innovation to be the central theme of the two billionaires' talks.
'Of course, my whole career has been along those lines,' Gates told Quick.
'And he was interested in listening to that,' Gates continued. 'And I'm sure there will be further conversation.'