Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter has used his billions to remain a recluse for three decades, but in just a few months serving as an advisor to his friend and fellow billionaire, President Donald Trump, Perlmutter has been caught on camera twice. The first was back in December, a blurry, dimly lit photo snapped through a window, which served mostly to prove that Perlmutter's image could actually appear on film. This time, however, Perlmutter has found himself exposed, in the light, and captured for several seconds by cameras from CNBC:
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Perlmutter was with Trump visiting MacDill Air Force Base, the headquarters of US. Central Command, in Tampa Florida, just 200 or so miles from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort where he and Ike reportedly had Thanksgiving dinner together. Trump was on location for a speech this where Trump assured the U.S. armed forces he is "100% behind" them in their battle against "islamist terrorism." Perlmutter serves as an advisor to Trump on veteran's health care, and donated heavily to Trump's campaign along with his wife Laura, who also served on Trump's inauguration committee.
"A longtime friend and supported of Donald Trump, a financial supporter of Donald Trump, and he's also interested in Veteran's issues," said CNBC anchor Eamon Javers while remarking on how rare it is to catch Perlmutter on film and playing a six second clip of Perlmutter over and over. CNBC was unable to learn specifically why Perlmutter was at the base.
Unlike at Trump's first press conference, Perlmutter didn't get a shout out from Trump this time. But he did make the front page of Bleeding Cool.