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Carl Icahn to Donald Trump: I’m not hired

June 19, 2015, 6:10 PM UTC
Donald Trump Presidential Announcement
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After announcing his quixotic presidential run, Donald Trump listed off three possible Treasury Secretary nominees during an MSNBC interview: Carl Icahn, Henry Kravis and Jack Welch.

Well, Trump is now down to just two.

In a statement on his Shareholders’ Square Table site, Icahn basically said he was “flattered but do not get up early enough in the morning to accept this opportunity.” He also said he was “extremely surprised” that Trump chose to run, and “even more surprised” at his name being mentioned for Treasury Secretary.

Despite declining the hypothetical nomination, Icahn did have some kind words for Trump’s mention of a “big fat bubble” due to low interest rates. From Icahn’s site:

I personally believe we are sailing in dangerous unchartered waters. I can only hope we get to shore safely. Never in the history of the Federal Reserve have interest rates been artificially held down for so long at the extremely low rates existing today. I applaud Donald for speaking out on this issue – more people should.

No word on if a Treasury Secretary Icahn would have kept Hamilton on the $10 and dumped Jackson from the $20…