Billionaire Vincent Viola has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to be the next Secretary of the Army. Viola is an army veteran who later founded an electronic trading company named Virtu Financial and became a billionaire from it. He even purchased the hockey team known as the “Florida Panthers.” Viola has done pretty well for himself, considering that he grew up as a poor kid from Brooklyn, New York. He is truly a symbol of the American dream, which Trump keeps saying he is going to bring back.
In 1977, Viola graduated from the United States Military Academy which is located in West Point, New York. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Viola donated money to help build the academy’s Combating Terrorism Center. Viola is truly big on fighting cyber warfare and supports all the technological innovation that helps promote cyber security. Five years ago, he said at a conference that the foundation of the Army’s future will be based on a “gestalt of geekdom.”
Trump gave a statement on Monday where he said that Viola’s record of accomplishment shows that he can deliver results no matter what challenges he must face. Trump went on to praise Viola’s work ethic and his proven ability to motivate other people into succeeding as well. “The American people, whether civilian or military, should have great confidence that Vinnie Viola has what it takes to keep America safe and oversee issues of concern to our troops in the Army,” Trump said about Viola.
Critics are actually praising Trump for choosing Viola. A top official at the Combating Terrorism Center named Bruce Hoffman said that Trump choosing Viola is inspiring because he has great wisdom. He went on to say that even though Viola funded the terrorism center, he never really cared about taking credit for it because he knew it wasn’t about him. It was about the safety and security of the American people.