Report: Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria considered for U.S. Ambassador to France
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is being considered for the U.S. Ambassador to France role under President Donald Trump, according to the New York Post.
Trump's Chief of Staff Reince Preibus has issued a recommendation for Loria and has a signoff from the president. The topic is being debated between Preibus and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Loria is reportedly shopping the Marlins and has donated to the Trump campaign in the past. The team sale talks reportedly involved New York businessmen Joshua Kushner and Joseph Meyer, who are related to Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Charles Kushner released the following statement regarding the possible ambassador role for Loria:
“Our family has been friends with Jeff Loria for over 30 years, been in business together, and even owned an AAA baseball team together. Although the Kushners have made substantial progress in discussions for us to purchase the Marlins, recent reports suggest that Mr. Loria will soon be nominated by the President to be Ambassador to France. If that is true, we do not want this unrelated transaction to complicate that process and will not pursue it. The Kushners remain interested in purchasing a team and would love to buy the Marlins at anther time.”
Jets owner Woody Johnson was picked by Trump to serve as the ambassador to the United Kingdom. Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney is the ambassador to Ireland.