It started out as an innocent aside from Donald Trump back in June while doing an interview with Bloomberg but has turned into a potentially volatile rallying cry for all those Republicans fed up with the establishment.
Trump believes his friend Carl Icahn, along with Jack Welch and Henry Kravis would all make good treasury secretaries in a Trump-led presidency. At the time, Icahn was quick to dismiss the comment on his blog, Shareholders’ Square Table.
“I was extremely surprised to learn that Donald was running for president and even more surprised that he stated he would make me Secretary of Treasury,” he wrote. “I am flattered but do not get up early enough in the morning to accept this opportunity.”
But Icahn seems to have changed his tune after last week’s first GOP debate.
“After last night’s debate I decided to accept @realDonaldTrump
offer for Secretary of Treasury,” tweeted Icahn. “Seriously, the methods of electing our corporate and political leaders have become completely dysfunctional. In both areas, we are in dire need of a breath of fresh air.”
It would certainly be an interesting White House with Carl Icahn in charge of the Treasury Department and Trump in charge of the country. The only question left to be answered is who will be his running mate. Bill Gross? Bill Ackman?
That’s one for America to decide one year from November.
But if they do go for Trump, billionaire Carl Icahn could be along for the ride.