Ari Emanuel Meets With Donald Trump, But Not for a Cabinet Position

Alex Stedman
Variety

WME/IMG co-CEO Ari Emanuel chatted with Donald Trump as the president-elect held a series of meetings at his New Jersey golf club on Sunday.

Despite some speculation, however, the meeting was not in regards to a potential cabinet position for Hollywood big-wig Emanuel, a source tells Variety. Rather, Emanuel simply wanted to meet with Trump to address some concerns, and provide his point-of-view to Trump as he forms his new administration.

According to the New York Times, Trump introduced Emanuel as “the king of Hollywood” at his clubhouse, and told reporters that appointments “could very well happen” on Sunday. Trump is in the midst of a busy day of meetings on Sunday, including scheduled talks with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Emanuel is a Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. His brother Rahm Emanuel was President Obama’s chief of staff and is now the mayor of Chicago. WME reps both “Hamilton” and its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Trump has been at war with “Hamilton” since Friday, after the cast gave a prepared speech to Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Trump demanded an apology via Twitter.

As for his cabinet, Trump has indicated that he is considering Marine Corps. Gen. James Mattis to lead the Department of Defense, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a vocal Republican critic of Trump during the campaign, for Secretary of State.

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