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Jamie Dimon: 'I Think I Could Beat Trump'
JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon insists he has no plans to make a bid for the White House in 2020…but if he did run for president he thinks he could beat the current commander in chief.
Speaking at an event to discuss “AdvancingCities,” JPMorgan’s new $500 million initiative aimed at ramping up economic growth in the U.S., Dimon did not mince words in comparing himself to President Trump, as the Wall Street Journal reports.
“I think I could beat Trump,” he said at an event about JPMorgan’s new $500 million initiative to boost economic growth in U.S. cities. “I can’t beat the liberal side of the Democratic Party,” he added, in a reference to his status as a top Wall Street banker.
Mr. Dimon went on to say Wednesday that he’s “as tough as [Trump] is, I’m smarter than he is.” He also took a shot at Mr. Trump’s wealth, saying “this wealthy New Yorker actually earned his money. It wasn’t a gift from Daddy.”
However, Dimon later expressed regret in an emailed statement sent to the Journal through a JPMorgan spokesman, conceding that he “should not have said it.” He also clarified that he has no plans to run for president, but gets “frustrated because I want all sides to come together to help solve big problems.”
Trump, obviously, was not going to let go without a response.
The problem with banker Jamie Dimon running for President is that he doesn’t have the aptitude or “smarts” & is a poor public speaker & nervous mess – otherwise he is wonderful. I’ve made a lot of bankers, and others, look much smarter than they are with my great economic policy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2018
Of course, Dimon has said in the past that he would “love” to be president, but thinks it’s “just too hard and too late” to make a run for the White House.