Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts is scheduled to meet with President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday — writing a new chapter in a saga that has seen the Cubs board member pitching both for and against the New York billionaire’s White House bid.
Trump was planning to meet with Ricketts in Bedminster, N.J., as part of a “series of meetings” the president-elect’s transition team announced in a conference call with reporters.
The top-level meeting raises the question whether Ricketts is under consideration for Commerce Secretary or another top spot in the Trump administration.
Others on the schedule include former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney; Sacramento, Calif., first lady Michelle Rhee, and retired Marine Corps General James Mattis.
Romney, Rhee and Mattis have all been mentioned as possible Cabinet appointees. It was unclear what Trump wanted to talk to Ricketts about.
The transition team only said: “These meetings that [the president-elect] is holding are showing that he is meeting some of the best brightest and most qualified people not only to fill specific roles but to give advice and counsel.”
And the transition official added, Trump “is not putting together meetings based on political affiliation or whether they supported him in the past.”
Ricketts, a Cubs board member who oversees the GOP wing of the Ricketts family political funds, helped raise millions for Trump’s successful candidacy and ran ads blasting Hillary Clinton, through FutureGen, a super PAC largely bankrolled by the family.
Ricketts met Trump at a fundraiser in Bolingbook in September.
“I want to commend the Ricketts family on their business plan and how they rebuilt the Chicago Cubs in a few short years!” Trump said at the funder.
Ricketts countered:” It’s gonna be a great year because you are going to win the presidency and the cubs are going to win the world series!” Sun-Times Columnist Michael Sneed reported at the time.
But earlier, during the primary season, members of the Ricketts family spent millions trying to defeat Trump. Todd Ricketts, a Wilmette businessman, emerged as a leader of the stop Trump movement.
Trump countered by going on the on the attack against the Cubs owners.
“I’ll start taking ads telling them all what a rotten job they’re doing with the Chicago Cubs,” Trump told the Washington Post editorial board — months before the team won the World Series.
Trump also issued the family a Twitter warning: “They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!”