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Billionaire Tom Barrack in Talks for Mexico Ambassador Job

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By    |   Thursday, 10 Aug 2017 10:44 AM

Tom Barrack, a billionaire real estate investor, could become the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, according to Politico.

White House officials and advisers told Politico that Barrack, a close friend of the president, is a leading candidate but he has expressed concerns about the position. "It is his if he wants it," one of the officials said.

One White House official said that Barrack would like to have some authority in South America and "really try to set some wider policy," Politico reports. 

Barrack has encouraged Trump to govern in a manner that appeals to more people than just his base supporters. 

Trump "usually leaves his conversations with Barrack on the right track," one of the sources told Politico.

The president addressed the ambassadorship in an Aug. 1 Wall Street Journal interview, in which Trump asked Wall Street Journal reporters if they liked Barrack.

"Call him up, tell him I'm giving it to him," Trump said in the interview to reporters, according to a transcript obtained by Politico.

Barrack helped introduce Trump to his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, according to an April report in The New York Times.

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