Bill Gates likened President-elect Donald Trump’s potential to bring innovation and new direction to the federal government to President John Kennedy’s ability to mobilize the country in early 1960s.
“A lot of his message has been about … where he sees things not as good as he’d like,” the Microsoft co-founder said on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Tuesday.
“But in the same way President Kennedy talked about the space mission and got the country behind that,” Gates continued, “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.”
The world’s wealthiest man said that he recently had the opportunity to talk with Trump for the first time, and they spoke about the power of innovation.
“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.”
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As reported by Western Journalism, the world’s fifth wealthiest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is slated to be among the technology sector leaders attending the president-elect’s technology sector summit meeting Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York City.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, as well as Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, CEO and chairman of Google parent Alphabet are all on the list of attendees.
Gates’ comparison of Trump to Kennedy and the space program congers up images of one of the greatest technological achievements in American history.
JFK famously challenged the country early in his administration in 1961: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.”
Kennedy’s clarion call had come just weeks after the country had launched its first man into space.
A year later, he gave a rousing speech in Houston, during which he stated, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade” not because it is easy, but because it is hard and “that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.”
The United States achieved that goal with months to spare, when the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.
As reported by Western Journalism, economists see Trump’s tax reform plan as very Kennedy-esque.
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