Donald Trump, the results are in. According to some of America’s top CEOs you’re failing.
The results from a survey at the annual Yale CEO summit indicate top US executives, government officials and academics have little to no confidence in the leader of the free world.
Half of the respondents awarded Trump an ‘F’ grade and a further 21 per bumped him up to a ‘D’. Eighteen per cent thought he’d earnt a ‘C’ for his first 130 days in office, 10 per cent gave him a ‘B’ and just 1 per cent gave him an ‘A.’
Professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, who led the Yale CEO summit said the overall message from executives was clear; “Stop the random 3 a.m. tweets and stop the needless brushfires diverting from the agenda.”
The survey polled 125 CEOs and business executives; government officials, including mayors; and leading academics, and other thought leaders at the 90th Yale CEO Summit at New York Public Library June 8 – 9, 2017.
It’s been a bad month for Trump’s relationship with business leaders. His decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord drew heavy fire from America’s tech CEOs.
Tesla’s Elon Musk left the his role on the presidential councils in response to the withdrawal.
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
Tech giant Apple also voiced their displeasure via CEO Tim Cook, who reaffirmed the company’s commitment to fighting climate change.
Decision to withdraw from the #ParisAgreeement was wrong for our planet. Apple is committed to fight climate change and we will never waver.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 2, 2017
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff also expressed his disappointment and committed doubling their efforts fight climate change.
Deeply disappointed by President’s decision to withdraw from ParisAgreement. We will double our efforts to fight climate change. pic.twitter.com/cmCLf9CoVY
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) June 1, 2017
The disappointment was shared by Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Disappointed with today’s decision. Google will keep working hard for a cleaner, more prosperous future for all.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) June 1, 2017
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg said the decision was “bad for the environment, bad for the economy, and it puts our children’s future at risk.”
Presidential historian, Douglas Brinkley, told CNNMoney, “Donald Trump is such a pariah figure that companies want zero association with his brand.”
“He’s championing dirty air and polluted water. He’s anti-science. Why would a Fortune 500 CEO want to be associated with that?”
Trump is not fairing any better from the general public either. Last week, an Associated Press-NORC Centre for Public Affairs Research poll revealed over 60 per cent of Americans “disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president, and nearly half strongly disapprove.”
According to the Associated Press, “two-thirds of Americans, or 65 per cent, think Trump doesn’t have much respect for the country’s democratic institutions and traditions or has none at all”.
Even our own leader, Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, couldn’t resist a few barbs at Trump’s expense last week, mimicking Trump during a speech at the Press Gallery Mid-Winter Ball.
“We are winning in the polls. We are. We are. Not the fake polls. Not the fake polls. They are the ones we are not wining in,” Turnbull joked.
Turnbull’s quips aren’t far off the mark. Trump has never been too concerned with unfavourable polls. In February he tweeted, “any negative polls are fake news.”