Mark Cuban denies discussing with Steve Bannon a potential presidential run

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Mark Cuban attends a basketball sport between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Dallas Maverics at Staples Heart on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Mark Cuban on Friday denied that he talked to Steve Bannon about his potential run for president in 2020.

Earlier within the day, the Every day Beast cited 4 sources and reported that the billionaire entrepreneur has been in contact with Bannon, President Donald Trump‘s former chief strategist, “for months” about a potential campaign. Bannon urged Cuban to run as a Democrat, the report mentioned, which might pit him in opposition to Trump in 2020 if each males gained the main events’ nominations.

Cuban instructed the information web site that he texted Bannon “a couple of” instances and believes that none of these had been “a couple of full sentence.”

Cuban instructed CNBC that operating for president didn’t come up in his exchanges with Bannon.

“Nope. Not even remotely shut,” the Dallas Mavericks proprietor mentioned.

On Thursday, Cuban publicly said he is considering running for president as an independent, relying on whether or not his spouse and household would endorse it. The “Shark Tank” panelist added that he would favor to run as a Republican reasonably than mounting a bid as a Democrat.

Cuban would “completely not” run as a Democrat, he mentioned.

The billionaire’s wealth may assist him keep away from the necessity for occasion infrastructure, ought to he determine to run.

It’s unclear why Bannon, a staunch Trump ally, would need Cuban to run in opposition to the president.

CNBC couldn’t instantly attain Bannon for remark.

Disclosure: CNBC owns the unique off-network cable rights to “Shark Tank,” which options Mark Cuban as a panelist.

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