Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, just quit President Trump’s jobs council in response to his withdrawing of the U.S. from the Paris climate accords.
In a tweet, Iger called his resignation “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
As a Democrat, Iger was widely criticized for joining the jobs council. During a Disney shareholders’ meeting earlier this year, Iger defended the decision, saying it was beneficial for the company to have “a voice in the room.”
“I made a decision that I thought was in the best interests of our company and of our industry, to have an opportunity to express points of view directly to the President of the United States and to his administration,” Iger said at the March meeting.
Iger’s exit from the Trump administration is the second high-profile exit from the council amid the outcry over Trump’s unilateral decision to break a prior commit former President Barack Obama made at the signing of the accords in December of 2015. Earlier Thursday afternoon, Tesla/SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced he was resigning from the jobs council as a direct result of Trump pulling out of the historic climate agreement.
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
Despite the unpopularity of the decision to withdraw from the Paris accords, other CEOs on Trump’s jobs council are remaining on board. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Dell CEO Michael Dell, and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich are all sticking with the administration.
President Trump’s decision came despite constant lobbying from NATO and G7 leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.