President-elect Donald Trump and Todd Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, shake hands as Ricketts leaves the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., on Saturday. | AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
WASHINGTON – Cubs board member Todd Ricketts is up for a top spot in the Trump administration, meeting Saturday with President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
Ricketts was one of a stream of people huddling with Trump and Pence at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., with some, like Ricketts, in for what amounted to a job interview.
Ricketts met a little less than an hour with Trump and Pence and the two most powerful men in the incoming Trump White House, chief of staff designate Reince Priebus and incoming senior adviser Stephen Bannon.
Ricketts left the club at 5:59 p.m. Eastern time and, according to a pool report, talked to Trump at the top of the steps of the clubhouse.
When asked about the meeting, Trump said, “We have a lot of talent.”
When asked a follow up about whether Ricketts would be in his cabinet, Trump said “We’re going to see, we’re going to have a lot of great talent.”
Later, the Trump transition operation said in a statement, “A constructive conversation occurred with Mr. Todd Ricketts. It involved domestic commerce, ingenuity and growth for our country. Discussions on tax reform regulations and entrepreneurial initiatives were also included.”
Ricketts, 47, is a Wilmette resident whose business background fits, if not as a commerce secretary, in a senior post as an economic adviser or as an undersecretary or agency head.
Ricketts runs the conservative political operations of the GOP wing of the Ricketts family, led by his parents, Marlene and Joe Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade.
Ricketts worked in business development at Ameritrade; Incapital, a Chicago investment firm; as well as Knight Securities in New Jersey.
During the 2016 GOP primary season, the GOP Ricketts clan led a charge to stop Trump. Last spring, when Trump all but snared the Republican presidential nomination, the family shifted to Trump, with Todd Ricketts an Illinois Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
The GOP Ricketts family contributed $1.25 million to a super PAC formed to help elect Trump, Future 45, and its affiliated non-profit, the 45 committee.
Priebus is the chairman of the Republican National Committee; the Ricketts family members are among the biggest donors to the RNC in the 2016 campaign cycle.