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President-elect Donald Trump is working on his list of cabinet appointees, and is set to offer Dune Entertainment Partners chairman Steven Mnuchin or Colony Capital founder Thomas Barrack, Jr., the position of treasury secretary, according to people close to the situation.
Mnuchin, who recently executive produced Sully starring Tom Hanks and The Accountant starring Ben Affleck, has been working as finance chairman of the Trump campaign since May. During Trump’s Tuesday night victory speech, Mnuchin was one of the two dozen or so people he thanked for their support.
Barrack, a deputy undersecretary in President Ronald Reagan’s administration three decades ago, is a real estate tycoon who endorsed Trump about eight months ago. In May, he hosted a Trump fundraiser at his Los Angeles home and some entertainment-industry executives and celebrities attended.
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
Mnuchin would be somewhat of a non-partisan choice, given he has donated more money to Democrats than to Republicans, including to Hillary Clinton, though not to her presidential run.
A former Goldman Sachs partner, Mnuchin merged Dune Entertainment more than three years ago with Brett Ratner and James Packer’s RatPac to create RatPac-Dune Entertainment, a co-producer of American Sniper. He also was a non-executive chairman at Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media, but left before it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year.
Others reportedly being considered for cabinet positions under Trump once he is inaugurated Jan. 20 include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for Homeland Security secretary and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for Attorney General, and both men were with Trump at his Tuesday night victory party.
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