Vince Viola’s Companies Need Him More Than His Country

The Army is important, but high-frequency trading and ice hockey in Miami will save us all.
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Vincent Viola couldn’t do to his businesses what he did to a concessions worker at a horsetrack, and so President Trump has to find a new Army secretary that meets his very specific needs.

A former Pentagon official and close friend said Mr. Viola was devastated over having to withdraw from what he described as a lifelong dream job. But the former official said Mr. Viola felt he was unable to sell his interest in some of his holdings because doing so could have destroyed those companies.

Vincent Viola, Nominee for Army Secretary, Drops Out [NYT]