It was a battle of the billionaires on Fox News’s Tuesday episode of “The O’Reilly Factor” when Mark Cuban, who has been locked in a feud with President Donald Trump since long before he took office, blasted the Commander in Chief’s ability to hold the nation’s highest elected office.
“I don’t think he’s been able to show any leadership, I don’t think he’s taken responsibility for the White House, and I don’t think he’s shown them any direction,” Cuban told host Bill O’Reilly, taking issue with Trump’s management style.
He went on to blame Trump’s lack of executive abilities for creating a “fearful” White House staff and for fostering a leak-prone atmosphere within his inner circle.
However, O’Reilly had attempted to steer the conversation toward policy, stating: “I have to say that I’ve never seen, in my lifetime, a new president do as many things as Donald Trump has done in 26 days.”
While Cuban admitted that Trump has had a positive impact on bringing jobs to the United States, he blamed the president for not understanding that “the nature of work is changing” due to advancements in technology.
When asked whether he believes that Trump’s goal of keeping manufacturing jobs stateside is a good thing, Cuban hesitantly replied, “Not really…” Later, he suggested that Trump’s policies would only result in existing plants being renovated.
O’Reilly and Cuban found some common ground when the former asked if it would be “fair” to give Trump’s policies at least one year to play out before definitively judging their impact. However, Cuban once again asserted that the companies who have currently pledged to keep manufacturing jobs stateside will have fewer total jobs in a few years due to advances in job-killing automation technology.
“People are going to be replaced by these technologies. What we have to do during that disruptive period, we have to find places for them to go, we have to find new places to put them to work,” Cuban said.