MONEY & BUSINESS: White House fury at Chase CEO Jamie Dimon for backing MAGA
Jamie Dimon, CEO of America’s largest bank JP Morgan Chase, has been iced out of the White House’s good graces after apparently endorsing Republican policies and calling Donald Trump “kind of right,” The Post has learned.
The self-identified Democrat has been labeled “MAGA curious” by White House insiders after telling Democrats to “respect” Trump’s supporters during an eyebrow-raising live TV interview at the Davos, Switzerland, World Economic Forum in January.
“If you look at, just take a step back, be honest. He’s kind of right about NATO. Kind of right about immigration. He grew the economy quite well… tax reform worked. He was right about some of China,” Dimon, 67, told CNBC’s Squawk Box.
Those comments were the death knell in what was already a tense relationship between Dimon and President Joe Biden sources told The Post — particularly after Dimon urged Democrats to support Haley in the GOP primary at the 2023 DealBook Summit in November.
While one cynical White House insider remarked it’s “not a surprise Dimon is prioritizing his tax bill over democracy,” it does mean he’s “not going to be sitting in any more meetings with the president.”
A spokesman for JPMorgan said, “In terms of Jamie caring about JPM’s bottom line, that would never, and has never, come before his desire to set thoughtful policy that benefits America and Americans.”
The spokesman also pointed to comments Dimon made on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” in 2022, “I’m going to help any president to try to do the best job for America.”
A spokesman for Dimon said, “Jamie has engaged with leaders across the political spectrum, including the White House, in just the last few days.” The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
The reaction to Dimon’s comments highlight how one of the most important bankers in America has occasionally seen his political commentary overshadow his duties as CEO.
Dimon is now perhaps the only prominent CEO of a corporate giant willing to publicly wade into political conversations.
BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, who had been vocal about his liberal beliefs, has said more recently he is “ashamed” of his involvement in the ESG debate.
All those comments have renewed chatter Dimon could still be harboring political ambitions.
It’s unlikely he would leave his perch to run for president, but when he considered it before he acted cautiously and discreetly.
The Post is told that in 2018 Dimon — worth an estimated $2 billion according to Forbes — was seriously considering a 2020 presidential bid and went so far as to hire a pollster to assess the likelihood he’d win, sources said. A JPMorgan spokesperson denied that Dimon hired a pollster.
While he didn’t like his chances, that doesn’t mean Dimon has called it quits. If anything, staying at JPMorgan could serve as the ultimate campaign vehicle, some speculate.
One insider described Dimon’s current role as one that mimics a presidential run and could lay the framework for a future Oval Office bid.
As chief executive of a consumer bank, one of Dimon’s jobs is to go around the country, checking in on the local branches.
“It’s a whistle stop tour – going from community to community shaking hands and meeting local leaders,” one insider said.
The JPMorgan spokesperson noted Dimon has been in his job for 15 years, and said, “He’s always looking for ways to make us better. It’s exactly what a CEO should do, and he loves it.”