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After having a phone conversation with the president-elect, Bill Gates is now optimistic about a Trump presidency — here’s why AP Photo/Michel Euler

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has been known for primarily donating to Democratic candidates in recent years, and his support for Hillary Clinton at one point even found him on Hillary’s potential vice president list. Such a dossier might suggest that he would want nothing to do with a Donald Trump presidency, but in a recent appearance on MSNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Gates said that he was optimistic for a Trump-run White House after having a phone conversation with the president-elect.

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“A lot of his message has been about … where he sees things not as good as he’d like,” Gates said regarding Trump’s stance on innovation.

“But 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 added.

Gates, who later said that this is the first time he’s ever spoken with Trump, said that he expects that “there will be further conversation” between the two in the future.

(h/t CNBC)

Richard Thompson is an associate editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @RThompson_91 

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