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Trump insults JP Morgan CEO Dimon as 'nervous mess'

Trump insulted Dimon a day after the banking giant had lashed out at the president and said he could beat him.
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Image: Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, takes part in a panel discussion about investing in Detroit at the Kennedy School of Government
Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, takes part in a panel discussion about investing in Detroit at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., April 11, 2018.Brian Snyder / Reuters file

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President Donald Trump hit back at JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon on Thursday, belittling the banking chief as a "nervous mess" after Dimon had boasted he was smarter than the president and could beat him if he chose to run.

"The problem with banker Jamie Dimon running for President is that he doesn't have the aptitude or 'smarts' & is a poor public speaker & nervous mess," Trump wrote.

The president added, "otherwise he is wonderful. I've made a lot of bankers, and others, look much smarter than they are with my great economic policy!"

The tart tweet came less than 24 hours after Dimon, who has been a major fundraiser for Democrats, said he was "smarter" than Trump and could defeat him.

"I think I could beat Trump," Dimon said at an event at his company's New York headquarters. "Because I'm as tough as he is, I'm smarter than he is."

"He could punch me all he wants, it wouldn't work with me. I'd fight right back," Dimon said.

"And by the way this wealthy New Yorker actually earned his money," Dimon said. "It wasn't a gift from Daddy."

Moments after he made the remarks Wednesday, Dimon, 62, issued a statement, taking them back.

"I should not have said it. I'm not running for President,” he said. "Proves I wouldn't make a good politician. I get frustrated because I want all sides to come together to help solve big problems."

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