Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Exec resigns from president's council, and Trump lashes out

Exec resigns from president's council, and Trump lashes out

Trump announced the disbanding of the two councils - the Strategy & Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Council, which hosted numerous top corporate leaders in America - amid a growing uproar by chief executives furious over Trump's decision to equate the actions of white supremacists and protesters in remarks Tuesday at Trump Tower.

Thulin follows the CEOs of Merck, Under Amour, Intel, AFL-CIO and the president of a manufacturing industry group.

Trump has attacked those who left the councils , tweeting at Frazier nearly immediately after the Merck chief resigned and later tweeting, "For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place". Many others were also injured when Ohio's James Alex Fields mowed through the crowd.

Several CEOs from a manufacturing council quit this week, following blowback over Trump's remarks about racially charged violence in Virginia on Saturday.

More resignations from business advisory councils has led to President Trump to tweet that he is ending them.

Inge Thulin of manufacturer 3M and Denise Morrison of Campbell Soup Co announced their decisions on Wednesday.

Thulin, who didn't address Trump by name in the statement, said St. Paul, Minnesota-based 3M, widely known for office supplies such as Post-it notes, "will continue to champion an environment that supports sustainability, diversity and inclusion". "The past few months have provided me with an opportunity to reflect upon my commitment to these values".

President Donald Trump has just disbanded two of his CEO business advisory councils, after seven members quit one and talk was growing a separate council was discussing dissolving itself.

"I have already made clear my abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville, and earlier today I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence".

"It certainly appears to be a strategic maneuver from [Kevin] Plank [Under Armour CEO] and [Brian] Krzanich [Intel CEO] to announce their departure later in the evening when people are looking to relax and stray away from news updates", noted Kellan Terry, Brandwatch's PR data manager. In June following the announcement by Trump that the United States would no longer be a part of the Paris climate agreement. It is the only council disbanding as of Wednesday afternoon.

As tepid and equivocal as Trump's initial "many sides" statement was, it would have been far better for him to have stuck with that than to embark on a disturbing rant Tuesday in which he said there were "many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists and the press has treated them absolutely unfairly", drawing praise from such vile figures as former KKK wizard David Duke.

Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison in a statement said, "Following yesterday's remarks from the President, I can not remain on the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative".

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