CEOs rate Trump an “F”

From the annual Yale CEO Summit survey on Donald Trump’s performance”

  • 50% of the CEOs, business execs, government officials and academics surveyed give Trump an “F” for his first 130 days in office
  • 21% rated Trump a ‘D’
  • 1% rated Trump an ‘A’

The Yale findings are the latest evidence that some pockets of the business community are growing disenchanted with Trump as his administration struggles to implement its economic agenda amid scandal and missteps.

Trump is way out of step with many in business on climate change.

Earlier this month, Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord sparked an unprecedented revolt by CEOs. Business leaders led by Tesla founder Elon Musk, Disney CEO Bob Iger and JPMorgan Chase boss Jamie Dimon publicly bashed the decision.

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein even sent his first-ever tweet to slam the move as a “setback” for U.S. leadership in the world.

CEOs surveyed by Yale agree with that sentiment. Two-thirds of respondents indicated that Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord diminished America’s global standing.

Which could mean it’s not good for business.

Business leaders are not impressed with Trump’s budget either. Three-fourths of survey respondents said the administration’s budget proposal is not sound.

Politicians also – just one example: Trump’s EPA budget cuts hit strong opposition at House panel – “Members of both parties identified major problems they had with the proposed 30 percent cut to the EPA’s budget and pressed Administrator Scott Pruitt to defend them.”

The overarching message from CEOs is: “Stop the random 3 a.m. tweets and stop the needless brushfires diverting from the agenda,” said Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, the Yale School of Management professor who led the summit.

A no-brainer, still ignored by Trump. Recently:

Both Trump and Clinton could do with leaving her failed bid for the presidency in the past.

But as has become common  Trump Contradicts His Own Account of Comey Firing

Trump terminated Comey on May 9. Two days later, the president revealed he was going to fire him no matter what senior Justice Department officials recommended.

“I was going to fire Comey,” Trump told NBC News in an interview taped May 11. “Regardless of the recommendation, I was going to fire Comey.”

All these distractions and a lack of consistency are not good for the US business or democracy.

Trump has plenty of time to turn things around, focus, and achieve worthwhile things but he seems too easily distracted.

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23 Comments

  1. Who wouldn’t be distracted by this utterly unproven witch hunt?

    It seems inconceivable to me ( and Oliver Stone) that he is being investigated for “obstructing justice” based on a premise, that despite months of allegations, not a shred of proof has been offered. .

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    • “not a shred of proof has been offered”

      This seems to be a common claim, but without a close knowledge of the FBI special counsel’s investigation I don’t think it stacks up.

      Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said that Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’s recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI.

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/special-counsel-is-investigating-trump-for-possible-obstruction-of-justice/2017/06/14/9ce02506-5131-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html

      ‘Cloaked in secrecy’ apart from all the leaks, including this one – but there is not a shred of evidence that not a shred of proof has been offered

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      • To clarify, I was referring to Trump, not anyone else in his wider family or the GOP. I can only go on “leaked” info and the recently revealed fact he was told he wasn’t personally under investigation three times.

        I would have thought it humanly impossible to ignore the media onslaught and the leaks, none of which favour him and none of which have revealed anything even vaguely substantive.

        I do think that his tweeting plays an enormous part of the trouble and scrutiny he finds himself under. It is ridiculously ubpresidential and if one can look a dullard in 149 characters, he does.

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        • Gezza

           /  June 17, 2017

          Agree with your last para especially. Except that, strangely for a teetotaller, his tweets often seem to be more more to similar those one would expect from a drunkard.

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        • MaureenW

           /  June 17, 2017

          I can’t say I blame him on the tweeting, maybe the quality could be ramped up a bit but he needs to step around the media that negatively spin everything he does.

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        • Gezza

           /  June 17, 2017

          Just looking at that last tweet of mine up there again 😖 , looks like I probably shouldn’t have had that last G&T myself … 🙃

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  2. Zedd

     /  June 17, 2017

    dump trump, dump trump, dump trump………………….. 😀

    btw Id give him an F-

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  3. Zedd

     /  June 17, 2017

    f- sez i

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  4. Zedd

     /  June 17, 2017

    I’ll give him a c- for the hairdo

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  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  June 17, 2017

    The guy’s toxic – I wouldn’t waste a good F on him

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  6. Conspiratoor

     /  June 17, 2017

    To the left, nothing is more satisfying than hearing a bunch of billion-dollar corporations tell Trump that he’s wrong. Pubic utterances by CEOs on climate change are good for business because they are simply reacting to consumer polls. But very few of these companies are environmental heroes. Amazon, Nestle, Duke et al are proven hypocrites when it comes to action…

    liberals should check their glee. Anodyne statements about climate change are a cheap and easy public-relations victory. None of the above corporations indicated that they would fight Trump’s order; none even mentioned Trump or his executive order at all. They merely said they’d continue their own attempts to reduce carbon emissions, because it’s good for business

    https://newrepublic.com/article/141779/corporations-defying-trump-climate-change-not-heroes

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    • Gezza

       /  June 17, 2017

      You say hypocrite like it’s a bad thing.

      Some my favourite posters here are hypocrites. I love them immensely for it.

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      • Conspiratoor

         /  June 17, 2017

        You make a valid point G. As an old zen monk once told me “you never look good trying to make someone else look bad”

        Just out of interest have you ever played chess with a pigeon?

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        • Gezza

           /  June 17, 2017

          Oh yes – all the time, but only here. Still hasn’t twigged.

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          • Conspiratoor

             /  June 17, 2017

            Without giving too much away has the pigeon in question ever sworn fealty to the queen?

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            • Gezza

               /  June 17, 2017

              Don’t think so. Not a person who’d be admitted entry to GeeBee Manor through the main entrance, such as he.

            • Gezza

               /  June 17, 2017

              If you met someone who spent his days running around on the street & in the office wearing quoits on his head – you’d avoid them wouldn’t you? Think they were barking? But Trump sells them billions of dollars worth of arms??

            • Conspiratoor

               /  June 17, 2017

              Bait and switch. Unless his camels spat nothing but dates I would avoid him G. But in the master persuader’s shoes I would sell him arms

            • Gezza

               /  June 17, 2017

              I still worry about that boy who married your mass debator’s cutie being in his ear all the time, and being quietly in someone else’s pocket.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  June 17, 2017

              Don’t fret too much G. Despite the venom heaped by the left upon the great satan the security of the free world is in good hands …just as it was 70 years ago…

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