JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, speaking at the New York Times’ Dealbook summit, has urged liberal Democrat voters to consider supporting Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley in the 2024 election against former President Donald Trump. Dimon suggested that Democrats could strategically aid Haley in the primary to potentially prevent Trump from securing the nomination.
The CEO refrained from expressing a direct opinion on the candidacy of either Democrat President Joe Biden or Trump during his remarks. Instead, he chose to commend Nikki Haley in front of the influential audience, including figures like Disney CEO Bob Iger and hedge funder Bill Ackman.
“Even if you’re a very liberal Democrat, I urge you: Help Nikki Haley, too,” Dimon said.
“Get a choice on the Republican side that might be better than Trump.”
Dimon and Haley have engaged in private conversations concerning the global economy. Dimon is impressed with Haley’s potential to bring unity to the nation and appreciates her economic perspectives, particularly her ideas on fostering collaboration between business and government to enhance prosperity.
Despite acknowledging Trump as the potential nominee, Dimon emphasized that he refrained from suggesting anyone else due to the possibility of Trump becoming president again, which would require ongoing interactions with him.
“Whoever’s president I’m gonna try to help do the best job possible,” he said.
“I’m not taking myself off the playing field.”
The prominent banker acknowledged the summit’s location in New York City, describing it as “the stronghold of liberal society.” During his speech at the summit, he cautioned against using terms like “Ultra MAGA” and advised against scapegoating Trump supporters. Additionally, several affluent business executives have shown interest in Haley’s economic and foreign policy, expressing their excitement and positive impressions about her potential candidacy, as reported by the New York Times.