Icahn leaves Trump administration advisory post

By Muckety

August 20, 2017 at 10:45am

Corporate raider Carl Icahn resigned Friday as special adviser to Donald Trump on regulatory issues.

Icahn issued a statement in which he noted the recent appointment of Neomi Rao as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and saying he saw no overlap between her official position and his “informal role.”

He said that although he perceived no conflict of interest, ” I chose to end this arrangement (with your blessing) because I did not want partisan bickering about my role to in any way cloud your administration or Ms. Rao’s important work.”

Icahn’s move came a few hours before publication of a New Yorker story detailing the potential conflicts created by his role with the Trump administration. Indeed, the author of the article said he had received prior word that Icahn had been fired.

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