We can sit here debating who did or didn't disband the White House Economic Policy Forum [it was the CEOs, not the president] all day, but all that really matters at this point is that some of the biggest names in American business are no longer pretending to play along with the terrifyingly chaotic and politically inert Trump administration.
One of Donald Trump's favorite things to brag about was his super-team of CEOs, and he reveled in playing "Real Businessman" when he summoned the likes of Steve Schwarzman, Jamie Dimon, Larry Fink and others to the White House, creating a reality in which those financial titans showed him some facsimile of respect after years of mocking him in private. But now that whole kabuki routine is no more, and the president has been openly condemned by the very people that he was eager to show off as "The best people. The people that love Trump."
He must be feeling so lonely.
So what's a man with no understanding of his own limitations, a limited understanding of macroeconomics, and a shrinking Rolodex to do? Find new friends, of course.
No sooner had President Donald Trump lost the backing of Jamie Dimon and Larry Fink than he was heralding support from a somewhat lesser financial figure: Jacob Wohl.
That's right, you guys, Trump is finding solace in the social media arms of everyone's favorite banned teenage futures trader.
Trump retweeted a post from the teenager Wednesday as members of one of the president’s now defunct business advisory councils were abandoning him after he equated neo-Nazis who held a rally in Virginia to counter-demonstrators at the event. Wohl’s message: “President Trump alone has succeeded in bringing the Stock Market, Small Business Index and Consumer Comfort to ALL TIME HIGHS! #MAGA.”
And it's not just about Twitter. Wohl is even open to replacing Dimon, Fink and Schwarzman all by himself:
He said he’s available if Trump is looking for replacements for the likes of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Dimon and BlackRock Inc.’s Fink, two of the members of the president’s Strategic and Policy Forum who decided to quit Wednesday. Trump beat them to the punch by dispatching a tweet that said he was ending both that advisory panel and another made up of manufacturing company leaders, many of whom were also defecting.
“I’m very young and the administration is very young,” Wohl said. “Anything can happen. Not expecting to work in the White House or the government, but if the opportunity arose, I’d absolutely look at it closely.”
Hey, you're probably saying "I can't believe that the President of the United States would take economic policy advice from a literal teenager who once literally hid from regulators and has already been banned by the NFA!" But we say "Why not? He's already taken advice from Peter Navarro!"