Former Goldman Sachs employees often end up in U.S. government positions. Goldman is usually proud of this, seeing it as a “public service” reflective of the expertise it hires and develops who then go on impart the Goldman-way to Washington.
But the latest contingent of Goldmanites in Trump’s administration are not necessarily going off with well-wishes from their former employer. Goldman has refused to make any sort of derogatory statements on the fact that Gary Cohn (director of the National Economic Council) Steve Bannon (chief strategist), Steven Mnuchin (Trump’s pick for treasury secretary) and Anthony Scaramucci (assistant to the president) all worked for the bank.
But New York Magazine has spoken to a Goldman Sachs executive who isn’t overly impressed with the list of characters in Trump’s administration.
Cohn, as the former COO and president of Goldman, is seen as the most “sane” and is “not going to do anything to screw up his reputation,” they said. But Cohn was keen to get out, he suggests.
“Gary wanted the big job; he didn’t get it. His relationship with Lloyd was pretty strained at the end,” he told NY Mag.
“Scaramucci was laid off. Mnuchin, he doesn’t have any love for the place; his brother didn’t make partner, he was always in his father’s shadow. None of these people were superstars that someone pulled away. Every one of them was dysfunctional,” the Goldman executive told NY Mag.
In fairness, Scaramucci was fired and then rehired by Goldman Sachs before leaving of his own accord. But you get the point.
Separately, Poland has emerged as an unlikely location for Brexit-related jobs exiting London. Reports emerged in local press that J.P. Morgan had been in talks to move around 2,500 jobs to Warsaw as it looks to “escape” Brexit.
J.P. Morgan has had an office in Warsaw since 1995, but it later told Financial News that any decisions to move more jobs out there are not related to the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Maybe jobs were going there anyway.
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