Donald Trump said at a private gathering this month that his chief fundraiser, Steven Mnuchin, would make a good Treasury secretary, according to a participant in the event.
The participant, Anthony Scaramucci of Skybridge Capital, said Trump made the comment at a July 9 meeting at the Southampton, New York, home of the billionaire investor Wilbur Ross. Trump did not say he planned to appoint Mnuchin to the post, Scaramucci said, clarifying an earlier report by Fortune. Mnuchin declined to comment.
"We will let you know when we are prepared to make any announcements in this regard," said Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for the campaign, in an e-mail.
Mnuchin is Trump's national finance chairman, and Scaramucci is a prominent fundraiser for the campaign. "I've worked with and for him, and I have an enormous amount of respect for his intellect and his team-building skills. The country would be well-served by Steve Mnuchin," Scaramucci said.