ICSC Replaces Giuliani Due to Support of Trump


giuliani2Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has been axed as the keynote speaker at this year’s International Council of Shopping Centers’ New York National Deal Making Conference, Commercial Observer has learned. In his place will be Kevin Plank, the founder, chief executive officer and chairman of sports apparel giant Under Armour, according to a source with intimate knowledge of the situation.

The city’s 107th mayor has been dethroned as the keynote speaker following letters from real estate professionals calling for his removal because of his staunch support of a presidential candidate (Donald Trump) they deem divisive, according to a broker who requested anonymity.

“We shouldn’t bring politics into it,” the broker said. “We should have someone more open-minded and who is for globalization and not for stopping trade, etc.” He further said that having Plank, a former University of Maryland football player, as the speaker was more appropriate.


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