President Donald Trump plans to appoint SkyBridge Capital founder and campaign fundraiser Anthony Scaramucci as ambassador to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, according to a report Thursday from Bloomberg.
Daniel Yohannes, appointed as President Barack Obama as the previous ambassador to the OECD, resigned the post on Jan. 20.
Scaramucci, 53, has long been lobbying for a job in the Trump administration.
He told reporters in January that he would be joining the White House as a liaison to the business community, though the Trump administration never made an official announcement on the matter. He ultimately did not get the job. Scaramucci in January agreed to sell his approximately 45% stake in SkyBridge to an investor group including a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group -- a deal that might have hindered his job prospects under Trump.
"I was slated for one role, and I think there was an urgency to fill that role," Scaramucci told journalist Michael Wolff at an event hosted by TheStreet in Manhattan in March.
Scaramucci is one of Trump's fiercest backers, despite not being hired by the administration right away. He said in March that Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus told him that he would be given a job once his business deal closed.
"I honestly don't know what that role will be, but hopefully it will be something where I can have a meaningful impact," he said at the time.
White House representatives did not immediately return a request for comment on Bloomberg's report of Scaramucci's appointment to the OECD, a Paris-based, 35-country organization that promotes economic progress and trade worldwide.
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