A businessman offered to join President Trump’s administration, now that two of his economic councils have disbanded.
The man in question, Mark Cuban, business mogul and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, told Business Insider that he is willing to work as Trump’s “entrepreneurial czar.” But, on condition that he would have “autonomy” and wouldn’t have to serve as a prop for the Trump administration.
“I would put aside my personal feelings about Donald Trump if I were put in a position to help entrepreneurs,” said Cuban to Business Insider.
“I wouldn’t go on a council. I wouldn’t do a kiss the ring type Cabinet meeting or be a prop. I wouldn’t change my positions or apologize for anything I said,” Cuban continued.
Cuban also said he would “put America first” if given a “Gary Cohn level of autonomy,” referring to President Trump’s National Economic Council director.
With Cuban’s constant criticism towards Trump, it is very unlikely that Trump would make such an offer.
In a tweet from in February, Trump wrote that he knew Cuban “well” and that Cuban “backed” him and is not “smart enough to run for president.”
The only reason, Cuban says, he would consider serving in Trump’s administration is that he believes entrepreneurs are “not being represented in the government right now.”
“And that hurts employment and the ability of entrepreneurs throughout the country to achieve the American dream,” Cuban said.
President Trump announced he was disbanding two of his business advisory councils: the Strategic and Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Advisory Council.
Members of the councils resigned after Trump’s remarks in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.