Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs utilized Twitter for the first time on Thursday, and his first tweet was well spent criticizing Trump’s final decision to withdraw for the Paris Agreement.
“Today’s decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement,” Blankfein said in his tweet.
Today’s decision is a setback for the environment and for the U.S.’s leadership position in the world. #ParisAgreement
— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) June 1, 2017
This isn’t the first time the powerful Wall Street exec has taken Trump on. Blankfein openly opposed the president’s controversial travel ban, and he voiced support for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.
Yet, the current administration has plenty of ties to Blankfein’s bank. Gary Cohn left Goldman Sachs () to become a White House economic adviser, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin worked for Goldman for 17 years.
Blankfein said in his annual letter to shareholders that Goldman “encourages our people to contribute to government service if they are fortunate enough to be asked.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren went so far as to question whether the bank has drafted executive orders signed by POTUS, including one that rolled back some Wall Street oversight rules. Goldman has denied any involvement.
The decision to drop out of the climate accord has drawn ire form many bigwigs in the private sector. Tesla () CEO Elon Musk is dropping out of two presidential advisory councils to protest the move.
Salesforce (, Tech30) chief Marc Benioff and General Electric ( ) CEO Jeff Immelt both said they were “disappointed” in Trump’s decision.
Trump has gone from being a national threat to a global one. The Paris Agreement is referred to by many scientists and politicians as one of humankind’s GREATEST achievements. I guess Trump is willing to throw such a gem in the trash.