Trump's commerce secretary also said that workers calling in sick need to just suck it up, because they will eventually get paid.
In the 22-minute phone call, he said he looked forward to an "in-depth briefing" on a fantastic new fuel made from booze and pig manure.
There are a lot of Republican megadonors in the team of billionaires and millionaires Trump is assembling.
Viola is just the latest Trump appointee to have lots of money but little or no government experience.
In picking John Kelly, Donald Trump passed over more obvious choices in favor of yet another retired general for his cabinet.