The last 48 hours have been some of the most chaotic for the President of the United States, but now, he has lost one of his most trusted advisors. First, there was the “covfefe” situation which was all fun and games until the Paris Accord came about and things became overly serious. After Donald Trump chose to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, he received a lot of backlash and also saw Disney CEO Bob Iger resign from his advisory council.
As reported by CNN, Donald Trump has fully decided that the United States is “getting out” of the Paris climate accord. This is one of the main campaign promises he talked about as he was looking to take the position he won back in January, but it is also one that has not been met with much support.
Trump did state from the White House on Thursday that he was open to renegotiating different aspects of the agreement which was signed in place during Barack Obama’s tenure as president. The current president states that he does not believe climate change to be a real thing.
Despite what others may think, the president found that withdrawing from the climate accord to be the best decision. There was bound to be some anger and issue with his decision, but no one may have seen the resignation of Disney CEO Bob Iger from his advisory council.
As reported by Variety, Iger made the announcement on Thursday, shortly after the president had given the final word that the United States was out of the accord.
As a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the President’s Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) June 1, 2017
Bob Iger gave money to Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign, but he felt being a part of the president’s advisory council was important. Iger saw it as a chance to express views that are important to the value of the Disney company and its shareholders as he said back in March.
He reiterated that having a seat on Trump’s advisory council did not mean he endorsed the president’s ideas and positions or that of his administration. Iger simply believed that this was a good chance for a company as large as Disney to have a voice in what took place in the country.
Bob Iger wasn’t the only withdrawal from the advisory council on Thursday as Tesla’s Elon Musk also chose to resign, as reported by the LA Times.
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
Musk is the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, and he said on Wednesday that he was planning on leaving both of the president’s advisory councils if the United States left the climate accord. Holding true to his word, he bowed out on Thursday.
Other than his tweet, Bob Iger had no further comment regarding his resignation from the council.
The Paris climate accord agreement took effect in November with 195 signatories agreeing to the terms. All of the focus is to reduce carbon emissions by the year 2020.
When it was revealed that Disney CEO Bob Iger was going to be on Donald Trump’s advisory council, there were many who spoke out against this and hated the idea. Since that news came forth, the talk has died down a bit, but there was still the matter of Trump’s inclusion in The Hall of Presidents which angered some Disney fans. Now, his withdrawal from the Paris climate accord has ended up causing a rift in the relationship between the president and one of the biggest companies in the world.
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