In protest of President Trump’s decision to pull America out of the Paris climate accord, Disney CEO Bob Iger said he will step down from Trump’s business advisory council.
“Protecting our planet and driving economic growth are critical to our future, and they aren’t mutually exclusive,” Iger said in a statement. “I deeply disagree with the decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.”
On Twitter he stated that he had resigned from the president’s business council “as a matter of principle.”
As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) June 1, 2017
Hours before Iger’s announcement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk stated that he would quit the business advisory council for the same reason.
“Climate change is real,” said Musk. “Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”
Even though he was a member of Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, Iger said that he was not able to make it to any meetings due to conflicts.
A supporter of the president’s tax reform policies, Iger said the two disagree about immigration. “I don’t believe we can close our borders,” he told reporters. “I do believe we need a very strong policy when it comes to security and safety, of course, but I think there’s a way to have both.”
Since the advisory panel was created in December, Iger is the third CEO to abandon that ship. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick left in February, due to Trump’s travel ban.
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