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Bill Gates meets with Trump, says he could motivate country like JFK

Bill Gates talks to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK - Bill Gates says he and Donald Trump talked big ideas Tuesday in Trump Tower.

The co-founder of Microsoft Corp. told reporters that he and the president-elect had a "good conversation about innovation, how it can help in health, education, the impact of foreign aid and energy" as well as "a wide-ranging conversation about power of innovation," the Associated Press reports.

CNBC also posted a videotaped interview in which Gates said that Trump could possibly motivate the country in the same way that John F. Kennedy did in the early 1960s.

"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, other health breakthroughs, fighting polio. And 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 it was the first time he had spoken with Trump, though he said they have mutual friends.

In addition to Gates, Trump met Tuesday with rapper Kanye West and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, a Trump transition official said.

Trump also held a meeting with TV personality Omarosa Manigault, Cleveland Pastor Darrell Scott and NFL legends Jim Brown and Ray Lewis to discuss a program to help youth caught up in gang violence.

"We couldn't have had a better meeting,” Brown said. “The graciousness, the intelligence, the reception we got was fantastic.”

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