- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon declared Wednesday that he could beat President Trump in an election, because he’s “smarter” than the president and just as tough.

“I think I could beat Trump,” Mr. Dimon said at an event in New York, CNBC reported. “I’m as tough as he is, I’m smarter than he is. I would be fine. He could punch me all he wants, it wouldn’t work with me. I’d fight right back.

“And by the way, this wealthy New Yorker [pointing to himself] actually earned his money,” the CEO said. “It wasn’t a gift from daddy. And I grew up in a poorer part of Queens than he did, but I am a banker. I am part of the elite.”

Mr. Dimon has said publicly that he is committed to remaining in his role as CEO for another five years, ruling out the possibility of a possible presidential run.

He joked Wednesday that his wife wouldn’t let him run for office.

Mr. Dimon later said he regretted his comments about the president.

“I should not have said it. I’m not running for President. Proves I wouldn’t make a good politician. I get frustrated because I want all sides to come together to help solve big problems,” he said in a statement provided to The Washington Times.

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