Dallas Mavericks owner and "Shark Tank" creator Mark Cuban seems to have recently endured "a political change of heart."
Cuban's backing of the deal wasn't particularly controversial or unexpected.
But what he said just beforehand sure was...
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Pre-testimony, Cuban spoke to CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report." And it was during this segment that the reality star likened President-elect Donald Trump to a "number one draft pick."
"He's who we put our hopes and dreams with. Now it is easier because we haven't played a game yet," Cuban, a longtime supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, said. "No reason to rush to judgment or come to any conclusions now. Let's see what happens starting Jan. 21 and we'll go from there."
Cuban's "no reason to rush to judgment" suggestion directly contradicted previous statements he'd made over the course of a year.
In fact, the Shark Tank star spent the better part of 2016 lambasting the president-elect during his campaign - even going so far as to predict an entire industry's upheaval under a President Donald Trump...
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One of Cuban's most talked about tweets alleged that a Trump presidency would "end tech progress":
On top of "ending tech progress," the Mavericks owner also predicted a massive stock market crash under President Trump...
On Sept. 12, Cuban responded (via Twitter again) to an interview Trump gave on CNBC's "Squawk Box." That's when the Republican presidential candidate decried the U.S. Federal Reserve's current fiscal policy: "The interest rates are kept down by President [Barack] Obama," Trump said. "I have no doubt that that's the reason they are being kept down."
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Just moments after the interview aired, Cuban accused Trump of allowing "others to continue to make his decisions" for him on the campaign trail.
This tweet in particular was a reaction to one follower's suggestion that perhaps Trump was learning to control his tendency to make abrupt outlandish comments on live TV. (The real estate mogul's "Squawk Box" sit-down had been a remarkably calm one that day.)
Still, Cuban continued with his criticism: "His Fed comments [this morning] prove he hasn't made any real effort to learn."
He then questioned Trump's understanding of fiscal policy...
Finally, Cuban ended his tirade by challenging Trump personally...
Jump to yesterday (Dec. 7) and again Cuban softened his criticism of our next U.S. president.
Whether this post-feud sudden burst of objectivity will last... well, we will have to wait and see.
Cuban's Twitter feed is the venue on which we'll most likely find his latest thoughts on the 45th president.
Of course, one reporter who spoke with the Mavs owner yesterday just had to keep pushing him for more info, asking in particular about a meeting he had planned with Trump's new chief strategist Steve Bannon.
"That's not a topic for now," Cuban said, before adding one more talking point on Trump: "I hope he's a superstar."
No doubt you've seen the headlines:
- "Donald Trump Insults China with Taiwan Phone Call and Tweets on Trade, South China Sea" - CNBC, Dec. 5
- "Donald Trump Angers China with Historic Phone Call to Taiwan's President" - Time, Dec. 2
To hear the mainstream media tell it, President-elect Donald Trump is hell-bent on starting a trade war.
Policy insiders and political apparatchiks were aghast when Trump took a congratulatory call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, then tweeted about it. And they couldn't wait to explain the "gaffe."
Only it wasn't a gaffe at all.
What Trump did was brilliant and potentially very, very profitable.
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