Clinton and Cuban have attended a basketball game together in the past
Cuban has publicly talked about being Hillary Clinton's running mate
Bill Clinton and businessman Mark Cuban had dinner in Los Angeles last weekend, per an aide, who said the meeting was with “a group of friends and interesting folks.”
“The President regularly does small, casual gatherings in whichever city he travels to,” the aide said. “That’s what this was.”
The aide added, “He and Cuban know each other well. So, definitely not unusual that Mark was there.”
Clinton and Cuban have attended a basketball game together in the past and the Dallas Mavericks owner had spoken to Clinton’s Presidential Leadership Scholars.
The New York Times first reported the meeting.
Cuban has publicly talked about being Hillary Clinton’s running mate, but Clinton aides and advisers have repeatedly knocked down – and at times laughed about – the idea of him as vice president. There is no indication that Cuban is being vetted.
The billionaire also has emerged as a high-profile critic of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Earlier this month, Cuban slammed Trump over his claims that a judge overseeing a lawsuit against Trump University is biased because of his Mexican heritage. Cuban has also predicted recently that Trump would be a “puppet president” hamstrung by a lack of experience and intellectual vigor.
“He would be so dependent on everyone around him because of his lack of depth of knowledge and fear of failing,” Cuban told BuzzFeed News. And last week, Cuban said Trump was getting “stupider” over the course of his campaign.
Other guests at the dinner included singer Stevie Wonder, actors Bryan Cranston and Ted Danson, and Gene Sperling, a Democratic economic adviser.
Michael Kives, a Hollywood agent, hosted the dinner.