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Mark Cuban Floats Idea of Serving as Trump's 'Entrepreneurial Czar'

Mark Cuban Floats Idea of Serving as Trump's 'Entrepreneurial Czar'
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By    |   Friday, 18 August 2017 05:29 PM

Billionaire businessman and star of ABC's "Shark Tank" Mark Cuban told Business Insider he was interested in serving as "entrepreneurial czar" for President Donald Trump following the president's disbanding this week of two business councils. 

Cuban, who has often criticized the president, said his interest in serving in such a capacity was because of a desire to aid business owners.

"I would put aside my personal feelings about Donald Trump if I were put in a position to help entrepreneurs," he said in a recent email to Business Insider, the news website reported Friday. "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, who owns NBA's Dallas Mavericks, said he would "put America first" in such a role and wanted a "(chief economic adviser) Gary Cohn level of autonomy." He explained business owners were "not being represented in the government right now."

"That hurts employment and the ability of entrepreneurs throughout the country to achieve the American dream," he wrote. "I think emerging technologies like [Artificial Intelligence] will have a significant impact on our country and I think I can offer some help bringing in smart people who can prepare our country for the impact on entrepreneurs and employment."

Trump disbanded the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative and the Strategic and Policy Forum after many members began resigning from the councils citing his response to last weekend's protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Cuban said the president may have "zero" interest in having him serve in such a capacity, but added if it could "work for the president, it can work for me."

Cuban has hinted he might be interested in running for president in 2020.

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