Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger is reportedly skipping a meeting President Donald Trump had assembled for corporate leaders amid criticism of his executive order halting immigration and refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations.
Deadline reported Iger was never formally included on the list of attendees, but it was assumed he would go since he is one of the CEOs on the President's Strategic and Policy Forum. SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick were also previously scheduled to attend the forum. He also cited Iger's planned attendance in his note. Travis Kalanick of Uber has been attempting to calm recent anger from Uber users over what was perceived as the company's refusal to participate in an hour long strike organised by NY taxi drivers to protest President Trump's temporary travel halt.
Kalanick stated that he was attending the economic policy meeting to have "a seat at the table" and added: "I understand that many people internally and externally may not agree with that decision, and that's OK. It's the magic of living in America that people are free to disagree", Kalanick wrote.
Pressure for corporate execs to boycott the meeting with Trump has grown since the event was originally announced on December 2, following the widely criticized January 27 "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Entry Into the United States" executive order that left some travelers detained in airports over the weekend.
Other executives set to attend the forum meeting include JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon, GM's Mary Barra and Blackrock's Stephen A. Schwarzman (who is the chairman of the forum).