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First on CNBC: CNBC Transcript: Icahn Enterprises Chairman Carl Icahn Speaks with CNBC's Scott Wapner on "Fast Money Halftime Report" Today

WHEN: Today, Monday, May 5th

WHERE: CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report"

Following is the unofficial transcript of a FIRST ON CNBC interview with Icahn Enterprises Chairman Carl Icahn. Videos from the interview are available on CNBC.com.

All references must be sourced to CNBC.

SCOTT WAPNER: IT'S NOT OFTEN THE GREAT WARREN BUFFETT GETS CALLED OUT BY A FELLOW BILLIONAIRE INVESTOR. BUT THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED OVER THE WEEKEND. IN AN OP-ED PUBLISHED IN BARRON'S, CARL ICAHN SAID BUFFETT WAS WRONG TO ABSTAIN IN THE VOTE OVER COCA-COLA'S EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION PLAN. CARL JOINS US NOW LIVE ON THE PHONE. CARL, WELCOME BACK.

CARL ICAHN: YEAH, GOOD TALKING TO YOU, SCOTT.

WAPNER: YOU AS ALWAYS AS WELL, CARL. WHY DID YOU FEEL COMPELLED TO WRITE THIS OP-ED?

ICAHN: WELL, YOU KNOW THERE ARE A LOT OF PROBLEMS, I THINK, IN OUR ECONOMY TODAY THAT WORRY ME. AND ACTUALLY, I THINK WORRY WARREN BUFFETT AND CHARLIE MUNGER. I WAS READING – I DIDN'T GO TO THE CONFERENCE, OR THEIR ANNUAL MEETING, BUT I THINK WARREN MAKES SOME GREAT POINTS ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE MAY HAVE ANOTHER MAJOR DISTURBANCE BECAUSE OF DERIVATIVES. AND THE THING THAT TURNS THIS ECONOMY AROUND – OR CAN TURN IT AROUND AND CAN SAVE IT IS NOT NECESSARILY THE FED, BUT IT'S WHAT I THINK – AT THE RISK OF BEING ADMONISHED BY APPROVAL WITHOUT DOUBT, THAT IF YOU GO INTO THESE COMPANIES – AND WE GO IN LONG TERM, NOT SHORT TERM – AND GET INVOLVED IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE – AND NOT MICROMANAGE BUT LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE. BUT MAKE CEOS ACCOUNTABLE. GET THEM OFF THE GOLF COURSE IF THEY ARE ON THE GOLF COURSE TOO MUCH. AND LET ME MAKE IT VERY CLEAR, THERE ARE VERY GOOD CEOS. THERE ARE VERY GOOD BOARDS. BUT IF WE CAN DO THAT AND CALL THEM TO THE CARPET LIKE YOU DO IN A PRIVATE BUSINESS, YOU'RE GOING TO DO TREMENDOUS GOOD FOR YOUR ECONOMY. YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE YOUR COMPANIES MUCH MORE PRODUCTIVE. OVER THE LAST 13 YEARS WE HAVE PROVED THAT OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. BUT YOU CAN'T LOOK AT THESE COMPANIES AS A FRATERNITY. AND YOU KNOW, I LISTENED TO BUFFETT THIS MORNING A LITTLE BIT AND IT'S AMAZING THAT WE SORT OF BOTH AGREE IN ONE OR TWO THINGS WHERE WARREN SAID THAT, YOU KNOW, I DON'T WANT TO STATE THE WORDS BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE THEM WRITTEN DOWN, BUT BASICALLY, THE BOARD IS SORT OF COLLEGIAL AND SORT OF A SOCIAL THING. AND IT WOULDN'T BE GOOD TO FIGHT COCA-COLA BECAUSE YOU DON'T WANT TO SHOW – YOU DON'T WANT TO DISAGREE, YOU DON'T WANT TO SAY NO. AND TO ME, THAT IS COMPLETELY WRONG. THAT IS NOT WHAT A DEMOCRACY IS ABOUT. IT WOULD BE LIKE SAYING IN CONGRESS, YOU KNOW, WE SHOULDN'T SAY ONE THING, YOU KNOW, BUT DISAGREE.

WAPNER: BUT CARL, LET ME INTERRUPT. AND FORGIVE ME FOR THAT. BUT LOOK, BUFFETT IS AND DID HOLD MUHTAR KENT ACCOUNTABLE, HE JUST DID IT IN PRIVATE. HE MADE A PHONE CALL, CLEARLY THEY SPOKE. BUFFETT VOICED HIS DISPLEASURE OVER THE EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION PLAN. SO WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH DOING THINGS IN PRIVATE RATHER THAN IN PUBLIC IF YOU ARE GOING TO GET THE RESULT YOU ULTIMATELY YOU WANT ANYWAY?

ICAHN: WELL, YOU DON'T GET THAT RESULT ON BOARDS IF YOU DO IT IN PRIVATE. I DON'T SEE COCA-COLA CHANGING THEIR PACKAGE. AND I DON'T THINK IT'S BEEN EFFECTIVE. INTERESTING WARREN SAID, ROSS SORKIN MENTIONED IT ON TV THIS MORNING, SOMETHING ABOUT THAT THE ONLY WAY TO FIGHT THESE GUYS IS TO EMBARRASS THEM AND BUFFETT SAID THAT IN '09. WE SORT OF AGREE ON THAT. WHAT I'M COMPLAINING ABOUT IS THAT IT SHOULD NOT BE COMING FROM BUFFETT, THEY JUST DON'T STAND UP TO THESE GUYS. I WOULD ALSO SAY THAT I DON'T AGREE WITH – YOU KNOW I REALLY LIKE KERNEN AND I THOUGHT ROSS SORKIN WAS RIGHT ON TO MENTION WHAT HE DID TODAY – BUT YOU KNOW, WE ARE NOT A DISTURBANCE ON THESE BOARDS. WE GO ON THESE BOARDS – I MEAN OBVIOUSLY, THE BOARDS DON'T LIKE THE FACT THAT WE CRITICIZE – SOME OF THE BOARDS DON'T LIKE THE FACT THAT WE CRITICIZE WHAT THE CEO DOES. BUT WE GET ON AND WE BECOME FRIENDLY WITH THESE GUYS. AND WE GET A HELL OF A LOT DONE. I MEAN, JUST LOOK AT FOREST. I'LL JUST READ YOU A LETTER, I DIDN'T EVEN ASK HIM TO WRITE IT. YOU KNOW, I FOUGHT WITH HOWARD SOLOMON QUITE A BIT IN THE BEGINNING, BUT LOOK AT FOREST. IT HAS JUST GONE UP FROM 37 TO CLOSE TO 95 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. AND UNSOLICITED, HE WROTE A LETTER, YOU KNOW, WHEN I WAS DOING THE EBAY FIGHT OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT. AND HE WROTE TO THEM. HE SAID YOU KNOW, WRITING TO DONAHOE, HE WROTE, I CAN ONLY SPEAK FROM OUR EXPERIENCE, BUT WE HAVE FOUND HIS PARTICIPATION – THAT'S MEANING ME – AND THAT OF HIS NOMINEE TO BE INTELLIGENT AND USEFUL. AND I HAVE COME TO ENJOY A GENUINE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CARL, ALTHOUGH OUR TEMPERMENTS ARE REALLY QUITE DIFFERENT. YOU KNOW, I'M GLAD BUFFETT SAID HE LOVED ME AND I ACTUALLY LOVE BUFFETT, BUT I DO AGREE THAT BUFFETT IS A REAL LOVEABLE GUY. I REALLY DO THINK, AND I KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO LAUGH AT THIS, I THINK I'M A LIKEABLE GUY. I ALWAYS GOT ELECTED IN SCHOOL TO OFFICES. SO IT'S NOT THAT I'M NOT LIKEABLE, BUT MAYBE I DO HAVE A BIT OF A FIGHTING GENE. BUT I THINK THAT IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE.

WAPNER: SO TO THAT POINT, AND LET ME JUST SAY MY COLLEAGUES ARE GOING TO BE FLATTERED THAT YOU ENJOYED WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY THIS MORNING ON "SQUAWK BOX." BUT SPEAKING OF "SQUAWK," WHEN BUFFETT WAS ON THIS MORNING, I WANT TO PLAY YOU SOMETHING HE SAID ABOUT YOU AND SORT OF THE WAY YOU GO ABOUT THINGS IN YOUR ACTIVISM AND THEN I WANT YOU TO REACT TO IT ON THE OTHER SIDE. SO HERE'S WARREN BUFFETT ON CNBC THIS MORNING.

BUFFETT SOUND: BEHAVIOR IS FORMED BY DECADES EARLIER AND PEOPLE LIKE TO GET ALONG WITH OTHER PEOPLE. MOST PEOPLE. A FEW PEOPLE – CARL DOESNT HAVE THAT GENE QUITE AS STRONGLY AS OTHERS. AND I LOVE CARL, BUT HE MAY ENJOY BATTLE AND SOME PEOPLE DO THAT. BUT GENERALLY YOU DON'T GET INVITED ON BOARDS IF YOU THINK YOU'VE GOT A PERSON WHO ACTUALLY LOVES A FIGHT.

WAPNER: SO CARL, WARREN SAYING THERE, "PEOPLE LIKE TO GET ALONG WITH OTHER PEOPLE. MOST PEOPLE. CARL DOESN'T HAVE THAT GENE QUITE AS STRONGLY AS OTHERS." THOUGH HE DOES SAY, "I LOVE CARL. HE MAY ENJOY BATTLE AND SOME PEOPLE DO, BUT YOU DON'T GENERALLY GET INVITED ON BOARDS IF YOU ARE THERE TO FIGHT WITH PEOPLE." WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO WHAT MR. BUFFETT SAID TODAY ON CNBC?

ICAHN: WELL I AGREE WITH A LOT OF THINGS HE SAYS ABOUT NOT GETTING INVITED ON BOARDS. I DON'T GENERALLY GET INVITED. I GET INVITED BACK QUITE A BIT, WHICH IS INTERESTING. BUT YOU DON'T GET INVITED TO A COUNTRY CLUB EITHER IF THEY THINK YOU ARE GOING TO BATTLE WITH THEM. BUT A BOARD SHOULDN'T BE A COUNTRY CLUB. THAT'S MY WHOLE POINT. YOU KNOW, I CERTAINLY, SHALL WE SAY, DON'T SEEK LOVE FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE. I CAN UNDERSTAND HIM SAYING THAT AND I MAYBE I DO HAVE A FIGHTING GENE. BUT I THINK THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR OUR SOCIETY TODAY THAT YOU HAVE GUYS LIKE ME. I MEAN AT THE RISK OF BEING MODEST – IT IS NOT MYSELF NECESSARILY – WHO ARE WILLING TO GO AND STAND UP. I MEAN THAT IS HOW OUR SOCIETY HAS PROGRESSED. YOU KNOW, WE WOULDN'T HAVE HAD THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION IF EVERYBODY JUST WANTED TO GET ALONG WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT IN ENGLAND. AND YOU WOULDN'T HAVE HAD ABE LINCOLN AND ALL THE GREAT PRESIDENTS. YOU ARE LOOKING A GREAT PRESIDENTS. I THINK THEY ALL HAVE THE FIGHTING GENE – THE GREAT ONES. SO I'M NOT GOING TO FIGHT WITH WARREN ABOUT THE FACT THAT I HAVE A FIGHTING GENE. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT IS AMAZING THOUGH, I AGREE – I LISTENED THIS MORNING TO WHAT HE SAID AND I AGREE WITH WHAT HE IS SAYING. THE BOARDS ARE SORT OF COLLEGIAL. THE BOARDS ARE SORT OF FRATERNITIES. MAYBE NOT THOSE WORDS. BUT THE ONLY DIFFERENCE IS THAT I THINK THAT THIS IS A TERRIFYING SITUATION FOR OUR ECONOMY AND OUR FUTURE. I MEAN THE FACT THAT WE CAN MAKE SO MUCH MONEY BY JUST TURNING THESE COMPANIES AROUND PROVE IT. WE ARE NOT BEING PRODUCTIVE BECAUSE OF THIS. OUR CEOS, WITH MANY EXCEPTIONS, AREN'T THE RIGHT GUYS TO RUN THESE COMPANIES. YOU MUST STAND UP TO THEM. AND THE INTERESTING THING IS THAT WE GET INVITED BACK WHEN WE DO IT. SO WE HAVE A DIFFERENCE, PERHAPS, IN WHAT YOU SHOULD DO ON THE BOARDS, BUT BEING THAT SAID IT IS SORT OF INTERESTING BECAUSE WARREN SAID IN '09 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT YOU HAVE TO BE EFFECTIVE, YOU HAVE TO REALLY – I WROTE THE WORDS DOWN – YOU HAVE TO EMBARRASS THESE GUYS. THESE BIG SHOTS. HE SAID, ACCORDING TO SORKIN, HE READ A QUOTE – YOU SHOULD EMBARRASS THESE BIG SHOTS. AND I DON'T THINK WARREN ANSWERED THAT QUITE EFFECTIVELY.

WAPNER: CARL LET ME ASK YOU THIS FIGHTING GENE THAT YOU SAY YOU HAVE MUCH HAS BEEN MADE OVER THE LAST WEEK OR SO WITH YOU AND BILL ACKMAN MAKING UP OVER THE PHONE. DO YOU WANT TO TELL ME HOW ALL OF THAT CAME ABOUT? AND HOW TWO GUYS WHO BRAWLED OUT IN THE OPEN ON THIS VERY PROGRAM MORE THAN A YEAR AGO HAVE MANAGED TO MAKE UP.

ICAHN: WELL YOU KNOW HE CALLED MY OFFICE AND HE JUST SAID TELL CARL I FORGIVE HIM. AND YOU KNOW YOU CAN SAY I HAVE A FIGHTING GENE MAYBE I DO BUT I DON'T ENJOY GRUDGE FIGHTS. I DON'T ENJOY GRATUITOUS FIGHTS. I FIGHT TO GET SOMETHING ACCOMPLISHED. MY FIGHTING WITH ACKMAN WAS REALLY SORT OF GRATUITOUS FIGHTING AT THIS POINT AND HE CALLED UP AND HE SAID THAT AND SO I CALLED BACK AND SAID YOU KNOW TO FORGIVE IS BLESSED SORT OF LAUGHINGLY AND I SAID AND I FORGIVE YOU AND THEN WE GOT TALKING ABOUT WHAT I THINK ARE MORE IMPORTANT ITEMS ABOUT CORPORATE GOVERNANCE I MEAN I THINK IT IS SO IMPORTANT IN THIS COUNTRY TO CHANGE WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS WHOLE ARENA. AND I WILL SAY THAT BILL ACKMAN IS RIGHT UP THERE IN TRYING TO CHANGE IT. AND THE GUYS WHO I THINK ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT AND I DON'T THINK THEY ARE BAD PEOPLE BUT THEY ALSO HAVE THEIR AGENDAS LIKE MARTY LIPTON THAT GETS TREMENDOUS EASE FROM THESE GUYS THAT HE TRIES TO KEEP ENTRENCHED. NOW HE IS NOT A BAD PERSON BUT THIS IS THE OLD SAYING. THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS MY FRIEND. AND YOU KNOW I DON'T NEED THE MONEY ANYMORE I'M DOING THIS AND I KNOW MAYBE IT SOUNDS CORNY TO YOU BECAUSE I REALLY THINK THAT THIS COUNTRY COULD STILL BE A GREAT… AND I GREW UP ON THE STREETS OF QUEENS AND IT HAS DONE A GREAT THING FOR ME SO I THINK MY LEGACY IS TO TRY TO CHANGE THE SITUATION AND I DON'T GIVE A DAMN TOO MUCH WHO LIKES ME AND WHO DOESN'T LIKE ME AS IM DOING IT. AND I GUESS WARREN IS A LITTLE RIGHT ABOUT THAT I MEAN IF I REALLY CARED ABOUT BEING IN THE SOCIAL ORDER OR BEING IN THE ESTABLISHMENT YOU KNOW I WOULDN'T DO WHAT I DO. BUT THE POINT IS THAT THIS MUST BE DONE.

WAPNER: I AM REMINDED I GUESS OF THAT FAMOUS SAYING OF YOURS THERE'S WAR AND THEN THERE'S PEACE THERE'S WAR AGAIN AND THEN THERE'S PEACE AGAIN AS WELL AND I KNOW YOU HAVE SAID THAT ON MANY OCCASSIONS TO TRY AND DESCRIBE THESE SITUATIONS LET ME ASK YOU BEFORE WE RUN CARL ABOUT APPLE QUICKLY THEY SPLIT THE STOCK, THEY RAISED THE DIVIDEND AND THEY INCREASED THE BUY BACK DO YOU THINK YOU WERE DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY OF THOSE?

ICAHN: LOOK I LIKE TIM COOK SO THAT IS NOT ONE WARRIOR GENE HAS MANIFESTED. I THINK HE IS DOING A GREAT JOB. I THINK APPLE AS YOU KNOW WE SAID THAT'S AN INTERESTING ONE BY THE WAY IF I COULD TAKE TWO MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT IT BECAUSE I MIGHT BE MAKING NEWS IN THE FUTURE MAYBE YOU HEARD IT FIRST HERE YOU KNOW WE RECOMMENDED ON TWITTER APPLE AT $470 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT IT'S UP 100 POINTS. I HAVEN'T SOLD A SHARE AND YOU KNOW I LIKE TO FEEL THAT TIM LISTENED TO ME WE HAD A VERY NICE DINNER AND MAYBE HE DID LISTEN MAYBE HE DIDN'T. I DO THINK THOUGH THAT TIM IS GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND HOPEFULLY THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME GREAT NEW INOVATIONS COMING OUT WHICH I LIKE. BUT I TAKE A LITTLE UMBRIDGE TO WHAT JEFF UBBEN SAID AT THE MILKEN CONFERENCE WHERE JEFF UBBEN WHO I CONSIDERED A FRIEND UP UNTIL NOW HE JUST CAME OUT SORT OF GRATUITOUSLY THAT CARL ICAHN'S USE OF TWITTER TO PROMOTE HIS INVESTMENTS WAS DAMAGING BECAUSE IT ENCOURAGES EVERY DAY INVESTORS TO PLAY STOCK WITHOUT LOOKING AT THE FUNDAMENTALS. THERE'S A LOT WRONG WITH THAT STATEMENT. TO BEGIN WITH UBBEN DIDN'T DO HIS HOMEWORK BECAUSE I CERTAINLY DIDN'T DO IT TO PROMOTE MY INVESTMENTS BECAUSE I NEVER SOLD IT AND IN FACT I KEEP STOCKS FOR VERY LONG PERIODS OF TIME. IT WAS REALLY DONE AS ALMOST A GIFT SAYING THIS IS A GREAT COMPANY PEOPLE YOU IF PEOPLE KEEP ASKING ME WHAT WE BUY BUT IT IS SORT OF INTERESTING THAT UBBEN GOES ON SORT OF LIKE ONE OF THESE ARISTOCRATS YOU KNOW IN THE 19THCENTURY YOU KNOW SAYING POOR PEOPLE SHOULDN'T HAVE MONEY THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO USE IT AND HERE HE IS SAYING THAT EVERY DAY INVESTORS SORT OF I THINK SNEARINGLY EVERY DAY INVESTORS SHOULDN'T PLAY STOCKS SO WHO SHOULD PLAY THEM? GUYS LIKE JEFF UBBEN WHO MADE 20% SO HE IS ABLE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO BUY SO IF I LIKE APPLE HE BUYS IT. INTERESTINGLY HE'S NOW RECOMMENDING HERBALIFE SO HE IS OK TO BUY IT AND GET 20% FROM THE LITTLE GUY WHO CAN'T UNDERSTAND OR SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO INVEST SO I TAKE A LITTLE UMBRIDGE IN THAT I THINK THAT WAS SORT OF A GRATUITOUS STATEMENT THAT FIRST OF ALL SHOWS HE DIDN'T DO HIS HOMEWORK BUT THE NEWS THAT I MAY MAKE AND I AM THINKING ABOUT DOING JUST TO PROVE THIS IS WRONG AND TO PROVE WE ARE NOT SHORT TERMISTS THAT IF I GO ON TWITTER I'M THIKING OF COMING ON AND SAYING LIKE AN APPLE I COULD HAVE SAID I REALLY COULD HAVE SAID THIS WHEN I DID APPLE YOU KNOW I AM LONG APPLE AND I'M GUARENTEEING AND PLEDGING I'M NOT GOING TO SELL IT FOR A YEAR AND THAT WILL TAKE AWAY ALL OF THE STUFF THAT I AM TRYING TO PROMOTE AND I'M TRYING TO DO IT.

WAPNER: IS THAT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW?

ICAHN: I AM SAYING RIGHT NOW THAT I AM THINKING VERY SERIOUSLY OF A NEW PARADIGM WITH US WHERE IN CERTAIN CASES WE ARE GOING TO GO ON TWITTER AND SAY HEY YOU KNOW WE LIKE THIS STOCK AND I AM PLEDGING I AM NOT SELLING IT FOR A YEAR SO YOU LITTLE GUY YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY JEFF UBBEN 20% FOR DOING HIS GREAT RESEARCH. AND YOU KNOW I AM NOT HERE TO REALLY CRITICIZE JEFF UBBEN I ALWAYS LIKED HIM AND I ALWAYS FELT HE WAS A FRIEND BUT I THINK IT WAS VERY GRATUITOUS TO MAKE THOSE REMARKS WITHOUT AT LEAST CALLING ME AND DOING THE HOMEWORK AND REALIZING THAT WE HAVEN'T SOLD ONE SHARE OF APPLE SINCE $470 SO ANYBODY WHO BOUGHT THAT I WOULD DARE SAY AND I WOULD CHALLENGE JEFF UBBEN THAT ANYBODY WHO BOUGHT THAT HAS DONE A HELL OF A LOT BETTER WITHOUT PAYING HIM 20%. BY BUYING THAT LET'S LOOK AT HOW THAT PERSON DID ON AN ANNUALIZED BASIS COMPARED TO HOW HE DID IN HIS FUND. ALTHOUGH I AM SURE HIS FUND DID QUITE WELL IN THIS MARKET SO I WOULD CHALLENGE THAT BUT I TAKE BUT YOU KNOW IT IS NOT JEFF UBBEN I SORT OF LIKE THE GUY WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT WE HAVE THE WRONG APPROACH HERE THE LITTLE GUY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE IN THE MARKET. HE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO FOLLOW GOOD INVESTORS WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY A FORTUNE NECESSARILY ALTHOUGH I AM NOT AGAINST THERE ARE SOME VERY GOOD ACTIVIST INVESTORS I MEAN WARREN BUFFETT AND CHARLIE MUNGER I ALSO RESPECT A GREAT DEAL MENTION SHORT TERMISM YES THERE ARE ACTIVIST FUNDS THAT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT AND ARE SHORT TERMISTS. BUT DON'T THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATH WATER. SO I WOULD SAY THAT THERE MAY BE SOME NEWS FROM ME ON THAT SCORE SCOTT IN THE FUTURE.

WAPNER: WELL WE ARE GOING TO LOOK OUT FOR THAT. AND YOU ARE NOT RULING OUT BUYING MORE APPLE IN THE FUTURE EITHER?

ICAHN: I AM NOT RULING OUT BUYING IT. I STILL THINK IT IS VERY UNDER VALUED BUT I AM SAYING THAT IN THE FUTURE WE ARE GOING TO COME OUT ON TWITTER WE ARE NOT GOING TO NOT DO IT ON TWITTER NECESSARILY BUT YOU SHOULD STAY TUNED BECAUSE SOME OF THESE THAT I RECOMMEND I RECOMMEND BECAUSE I LIKE TO SEE THE LITTLE GUY BUYING STOCKS AND GETTING INVOLVED IN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND GETTING INVOLVED WITH HIS VOTE. NOT JUST SORT OF WALKING AWAY FROM IT.

WAPNER: I UNDERSTAND. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU JOINING US. FIRST ON CNBC. I AM GOING TO SPEAK WITH BILL ACKMAN LATER TODAY BY THE WAY 330 PM OR SO WE WILL WANT TO STAY TUNED FOR THAT.

ICAHN: YEAH SURE JUST GIVE HIM MY BEST. AND I AM SURE HE AND I WILL BE TALKING ABOUT CORPORATE GOVERNANCE SOON AND MAYBE OTHER THINGS SO THAT IS FINE AND THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON. I WILL TRY AND WATCH THAT.

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