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Bob Iger Quits Trump’s Advisory Council Over Paris Accord Decision

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Disney CEO Bob Iger Resigns From Trump’s Advisory Council Over Paris Accord Decision

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Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that he’s stepping down from a White House advisory council following President Donald Trump’s Thursday announcement that he plans to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord.

“As a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the President’s Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal,” he tweeted.

The official name of the group was the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, and it included an array of CEOs from across industries, including Mary Barra of General Motors and Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase. Stephen A. Schwarzman, the co-founder of Blackstone, serves as chairman.

Iger, who gave money to Hillary Clinton during the campaign, faced some criticism for his participation. Asked about it at Disney’s shareholders meeting in March, he said that it was “an opportunity for me to express views that I think … are of value to the company and its shareholders.” He said that it was important to have a seat at the table, and that his participation did not reflect an endorsement of Trump’s positions or that of the administration. Iger has previously been a champion of issues like immigration reform, while Trump ran against it.

Iger did not immediately elaborate on his decision to resign.

In announcing his decision, Trump said that the Paris accord was a bad deal for the United States that would hurt American workers.

“I will work to ensure that America remains the world’s leader on environmental issues, but under a framework that is fair and where the burdens and responsibilities are equally shared among the many nations all around the world,” Trump said.

 But a number of business leaders urged him to stay in the agreement. CEOs like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, General Electric’s Jeffrey Immelt and Goldman Sachs’ Lloyd Blankfein criticized Trump’s decision.

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    1. Don Wilsonsays:

      Good Bob, and while you’re at it, pay yourself fifty million a year or so while nickel and diming everyone of your employees as is the Disney way. You and Eisner and Katzenberg have lived in a culture of greed at the top of the chain and layoffs and squuzzes below, but make sure we all know you care about the planet you pompous ass. How about this? One year make thirty million and pay your employees the other twenty, then we know you give a damn? Until then don’t throw shade on Trump or anyone else.

    2. says:

      We’re with you Bob all the way. No one wants their own personal brand tarnished by association with that which everyone is running from. FAST. What a pox on America.

      • Wickhamsays:

        We? This guy destroyed ESPN. He shouldn’t be on any council and his “brand” is dirt.

    3. SPIKEsays:

      what a sucker. conned, he sides with the globalists who want to make America a slave state to the new world order

    4. Alexander Dumassays:

      What the hell was he doing on an advisory council in the first place? He stinks. Other than Disney sequels making money, he is a complete moron. Good riddance.

    5. Quasarsays:

      Good. This guy is an idiot anyway. Destroyed ESPN and hired immigrants over Americans. Screw this nut. ABC is a sodomite showcase now.


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