Team Trump has reportedly been involved in a heated battle with Walt Disney World over the speech given by the president’s robotic likeness at Disney’s The Hall of Presidents exhibit.
A source told Vice that there has been a back-and-forth with Trump’s aides and Disney. Trump’s team has insisted that they will write the speech given by the president’s robot at the attraction.
The source explained to Vice, “When Disney tried to get this process started earlier this year, Trump’s people said, ‘We’ll be writing the speech that the president’s audio-animatronic figure will be saying.’”
For the last two decades, a robot of the current president gives a speech at the end of the attraction. In the past, Disney employees have worked together with presidential teams to write appropriate addresses. The source explained to Vice that:
“The Imagineers [the researchers and developers behind Disney’s theme park attractions] tried to point out that they’re typically involved with this process.”
“That they directly collaborated with Clinton, Bush, and Obama’s people when it came to figuring out what the president’s audio-animatronic figure would say. Trump’s people said, ‘No. We’re writing this speech. You guys have no input on this.’”
Vice’s source says that Disney is afraid of a park boycott of Trump decided to take his disagreement out to Twitter.
“They’d particularly like to avoid him tweeting about this situation. It would most likely result in a call for conservatives to boycott Walt Disney World, which is the company’s biggest fear.”
Disney has denied the report and insists they are working with the White House to schedule a recording session.
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