Besides lending his athletic prowess to a traditional sake-barrel breaking at the Japan Society’s annual dinner, Michael Corbat, chief executive officer of Citigroup, fielded questions from the master of ceremonies.
Bloomberg News reports that some of the topics covered: Chinese banks ("already operating around the world and they’re quite smart," Corbat said), Japanese banks ("fierce competitors"), and a recent conversation he had with the largest banana importer in the U.S.
"He said to me, ‘as soon as you show me a banana I can buy in the United States, I’ll stop importing them,’" Corbat said.
Corbat was making the point that trade would stay strong and global even with President Donald Trump’s talk of America First and a border adjustment tax.
Trump was apparently still on his mind a few minutes later, when the master of ceremonies, Dennis Berman of the Wall Street Journal, asked Corbat to describe Citigroup in the form of a tweet.
"One, I don’t tweet, and I certainly don’t tweet at 3 a.m.," Corbat said, prompting a round of applause in the ballroom at the New York Hilton Midtown, the same hotel where Trump held his election night party.
Hit the link below to access the complete Bloomberg News article: