Carl Icahn Says He Is No Longer Trump's Special Advisor

Et tu, Carl?

Moments ago, billionaire investor and long-time Trump supporter and informal advisor, Carl Icahn, announced on twitter that he has joined the exodus, and  has "ceased to act" as Trump's special advisor on regulatory matters.

The key passage of note in the Icahn letter is the one in which he vouches he never had access to nonpublic information, and did not "profit" from his position:

I never had a formal position with your administration nor a policymaking role. And contrary to the insinuations of a handful of your Democratic critics, I never had access to nonpublic information or profited from my position, nor do I believe that my role presented conflicts of interest. Indeed, out of an abundance of caution, the only issues I ever discussed with you were broad matters of policy affecting the refining industry. I never sought any special benefit for any company with which I have been involved, and have only expressed views that I believed would benefit the refining industry as a whole.

For what it's worth, the amusing conclusion basically says that the two New Yorkers never actually got to sit down and do work together:

I sincerely regret that because of your extremely busy schedule, as well as my own, I have not had the opportunity to spend nearly as much time as I’d hoped on regulatory issues. I truly appreciate the confidence you have in me and sincerely hope that the limited insights I shared have been helpful to you. I love our country which has allowed me to achieve so much and I thank you for the informal opportunity you have given me to aid it.

Icahn's full resignation letter is below.

Dear Mr. President:

 

This will confirm our conversation today in which we agreed that I would cease to act as special advisor to the President on issues relating to regulatory reform.

 

As I discussed with you, I’ve received a number of inquiries over the last month regarding the recent appointment of Neomi Rao as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (or “regulatory czar,” as the press has dubbed her) – specifically questions about whether there was any overlap between her formal position and my unofficial role. As I know you are aware, the answer to that question is an unequivocal no, for the simple reason that I had no duties whatsoever.

 

I never had a formal position with your administration nor a policymaking role. And contrary to the insinuations of a handful of your Democratic critics, I never had access to nonpublic information or profited from my position, nor do I believe that my role presented conflicts of interest. Indeed, out of an abundance of caution, the only issues I ever discussed with you were broad matters of policy affecting the refining industry. I never sought any special benefit for any company with which I have been involved, and have only expressed views that I believed would benefit the refining industry as a whole.

 

Nevertheless, I chose to end this arrangement (with your blessing) because I did not want partisan bickering about my role to in any way cloud your administration or Ms. Rao’s important work. While I do not know Ms. Rao and played no part in her appointment, I am confident based on what I’ve read of her accomplishments that she is the right person for this important job.

I sincerely regret that because of your extremely busy schedule, as well as my own, I have not had the opportunity to spend nearly as much time as I’d hoped on regulatory issues. I truly appreciate the confidence you have in me and sincerely hope that the limited insights I shared have been helpful to you. I love our country which has allowed me to achieve so much and I thank you for the informal opportunity you have given me to aid it.

 

Sincerely,

 

CARL C. ICAHN

Comments

froze25 (not verified) Bes Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:16 Permalink

What really pisses me off that simply pointing out that ANTIFA is scum and was there and deserves blame is some how a bad thing that is the alleged reason people are leaving.  Total pussy bull shit. Every CEO that stabs him in the back just lost my business,  hope it's the same for you.

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espirit chunga Sat, 08/19/2017 - 13:38 Permalink

Any minions dressing like Isis and their benefactors are enemy combatants.Knowing they will appear to protest any Alt-Right permitted rally, place pro Trump stickers on their cars in parking garages, or on their Soros paid bus transportation.They're easy to spot.

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garcam123 Billy the Poet Fri, 08/18/2017 - 19:34 Permalink

Highest priority............dis-arm the police departments en masse.  Take control of the public space!Secure public services operations.....Secure all public records and data.....find and execute traitors and whores through honest fand open investigations. Pardon Assange and others....send that punk Arpieo nto the gibbet, the sorry piece of shit.  Every breaqth the moptherfucker breathes he steals from an innocent family......die motherfucker!

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SheHunter Bes Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:37 Permalink

Dear Mr. Icahn.I also resigned from Trump today.Upon hearing Trump fired Steve Bannon. Trump has decided to surround himself with the swamp. Trump has morphed into yet another political figurehead.  With luck Bannon will run against Trump next time around. 

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