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CNBC: Goldman's Blankfein Apparently Trolling Trump on Twitter

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Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein (AP/Mark Lennihan)

By    |   Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 07:11 AM

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein apparently is trolling President Donald Trump on Twitter.

"Wish the moon wasn't the only thing casting a shadow across the country," Blankfein tweeted during Monday's solar eclipse, without mentioning Trump by name. "We got through one, we'll get through the other."

Blankfein's tweet came as onlookers from Oregon to South Carolina whooped and cheered as the moon blotted out the sun, transforming a narrow band of the United States from day to night for two minutes at a time, Reuters reported.

Trump stepped out of the White House to see the eclipse, though he was spotted briefly looking up without protective glasses, which can cause eye damage, as an aide yelled "Don't look!"

Blankfein's tweet is the latest from the Goldman executive that appeared to jab at the president.

Of 13 tweets from his verified account so far, including Monday's, Blankfein has appeared to troll the president in at least four tweets, CNBC reported.

Blankfein previously called out Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate-change accord and appeared to jab at the president over a themed "infrastructure week" that ended up focusing on former FBI Director James Comey's testimony.

Blankfein also recently cited Abraham Lincoln's famous remark that "a house divided against itself cannot stand" in a tweet referencing violence during a white supremacist march earlier this month in Charlottesville, Va.

Blankfein added to his tweet, "Isolate those who try to separate us. No equivalence w/ those who bring us together."

Blankfein, who launched his Twitter account in June by criticizing one of Trump’s decisions, said he learned in the financial crisis to speak out when the bank or its employees may be threatened, Bloomberg reported.

In a recent interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer, Blankfein said there are limited reasons for him to weigh in publicly on current events. “Either it’s something in our wheelhouse of expertise,” such as warning U.S. policy makers against defaulting on the nation’s debt, the Goldman chief executive officer said. Or, it’s “when things really affect the ability of our people to be who they are and do their job.”

Blankfein unexpectedly appeared on Twitter in early June, joining U.S. corporate leaders in responding to Trump’s decision to ditch the Paris climate accord. The longtime banker labeled the move a “setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world.” Trump has said leaving the accord would save money and jobs.

In recent years, Blankfein has occasionally issued statements or spoken publicly on a range of issues, such as supporting same-sex marriage, an issue that affects his employees. But since joining the micro-blogging website, he’s been more prolific, urging the U.S. to keep up with China on infrastructure spending and congratulating Jeff Immelt on his tenure atop General Electric Co.

Blankfein said he decided to become more vocal after the financial crisis, when he felt people misunderstood Goldman Sachs, “the value that we create, what we do in the communities, what we do for people who need capital.”

Blankfein's former No. 2 Gary Cohn is chief economic adviser to President Donald Trump and was part of a "stay-in" camp that included Trump's daughter Ivanka, Gary Cohn, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Reuters reported.

(Newsmax wires services contributed to this report).

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