“I don’t believe my membership in that group in any way endorses or supports any specific policy of the president or his administration,” Iger said at an annual Disney shareholders meeting in Denver on Wednesday.
In response to calls from some of the company’s shareholders for Iger to step down from the forum, a group of CEOs who will advise Trump on economic issues, the Disney chief explained his position.
“I made a decision that I thought was in the best interests of this company, and I would have an opportunity to express my points of views directly to the president of the United States, and to his administration,” reasoned Iger, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Iger, who hosted a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid last summer, is the only media and entertainment CEO in the group. He skipped the forum’s inaugural meeting at the White House in February because of a scheduling conflict. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who had been named to the forum, also missed that meeting. Kalanick dropped out of the forum altogether amid criticism from Uber employees and the app’s users.