The April 18 front-page article “Hannity’s status rising as ‘shadow’ chief of staff” stated: “ ‘There is a small group of people who Trump speaks with who truly don’t have to be obsequious,’ a veteran Trump ally said. ‘Sean [Hannity] is one of them,’ the ally added, and said that Blackstone chief executive Stephen Schwarzman, veteran investor Carl Icahn and first lady Melania Trump ‘may be the only others on that list.’ ”

I’m happy to agree that I’ve never been obsequious in my dealings with President Trump (or anyone for that matter), but the article seemed to imply that I’ve been speaking regularly with the president. I’d like to set the record straight: Neither I nor anyone in my office has spoken with the president or any high-level member of the Trump administration, including Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, regarding government business since August. This is not because of any “rift” between the president and me. The president has accomplished a great deal since he took office. While I agree with many of the things his administration has done, I do disagree with others. I simply found the constant drumbeat of vitriol and rhetoric in Washington — on both sides of the aisle — to be distasteful and a distraction from my busy schedule.

If this experience has taught me anything, it is that, while there are many politicians whom I do respect, Washington is not for me.

Carl C. Icahn, New York