Marlins Owner Loria Could Be Trump's Ambassador To France

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The potential sale of the Miami Marlins could be on hold due to current owner Jeffrey Loria's diplomatic future. Fundraising records show Loria gave $125,000 last fall jointly to the Trump campaign and RNC.

Jeffrey Loria has been negotiating to sell the Miami Marlins to the family of Jared Kushner, an adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, at the same time that Loria is reportedly under consideration by the Trump administration to be USA ambassador to France.

"We do not want this unrelated transaction to complicate that process and will not pursue it", the Kushners said in a statement.

The New York Post reported Wednesday morning Reince Priebus, Trump's chief of staff, was "pushing" for Loria, a noted Trump backer, to become his ambassador to France. Meyer, in a statement to the Washington Post, said: "Our family has been friends with Jeff Loria for over 30 years, been in business together, and even owned a AAA baseball team together".

Kushner's son Jared is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka and serves as the president's senior adviser.

The Miami Herald had reported Wednesday that the Marlins were "focusing all of their potential sale efforts on discussions with NY businessmen Joshua Kushner and Joseph Meyer".

Finally, late Wednesday, Meyer issued a statement to the New York Times saying that the group would withdraw from negotiations to purchase the team if Loria was named ambassador, perhaps to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

While noting that a potential sale had a long way to go, ESPN reported that Charles Kushner was part of the potential purchase group, although it was not known if he was the primary bidder.

Another hurdle then seems to be Loria's candidacy for a position with the Trump administration.

Loria is a longtime major contributor to the Republican National Committee, which Priebus led until taking the job with Trump.