Republican presidential frontrunner was put into the spotlight over the weekend once again for offensive comments he made about Fox News female moderator, Megyn Kelly, but he earned at least one supporter as result of his performance during the first televised debate last Thursday.
Jewish Billionaire Carl Icahn was recently offered by Trump to serve as his Treasury secretary if he manages to wrap up the GOP nomination and win the presidency in 2016. Icahn thanked Trump for this offer but turned him down. However, following the TV debate in Cleveland, Ohio, Icahn announced that he has had a change of heart and would accept the offer to serve as Secretary of Treasury in a Trump administration.
“After last night’s debate I decided to accept @realDonaldTrump offer for Secretary of Treasury,” the 79-year-old business magnate from New York tweeted on Friday. 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.”
Back in June, in a blog post on his site, Icahn wrote that he was “flattered” by Trump’s initial offer, “but do not get up early enough in the morning to accept this opportunity.”
“There are others much more knowledgeable than I concerning Presidential elections. I will therefore decline to opine on his chances. But I am knowledgeable concerning markets and believe Donald is completely correct to be concerned that we have “a big fat bubble coming up. We have artificially induced low interest rates.” I applaud Donald for speaking out on this issue – more people should,” he added.
In 2013 Forbes listed Icahn as one of the 40 Highest-Earning hedge fund managers. He is currently worth $21.7 billion, according to Forbes’ 2015 list.