Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Merck CEO quits President Trump's council over Charlottesville

Merck CEO quits President Trump's council over Charlottesville

American business leaders are already showing reactions to the controversial response of President Donald Trump to the violent events at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

By Monday afternoon the AFL-CIO said it was "assessing" its role in the manufacturing group - which it said "has yet to hold any real meeting".

The president has been assailed by Republicans and Democrats alike over his handling of Saturday's violence in Charlottesville, in which a woman was killed when a man drove his auto into a group of counter-protesters. The Daily Stormer is a neo-Nazi, white-supremacist website associated with the alt-right movement.

Trump's softer statement on Saturday had come as graphic images of a vehicle plowing into a crowd in Charlottesville were playing continually on television. Fights broke out, and then a man drove into the opponents of the white supremacists.

A woman died and 19 people were injured in the city of Charlottesville when a vehicle plowed into a crowd of people after a rally by Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists turned violent.

The president had indicated to advisers before his initial statement Saturday that he wanted to stress a need for law and order, which he did.

The White House tried to stem the damage on Sunday.

President Trump used an exclamation point to end his sentence, and wrote the "lower ripoff drug prices" phrase in all capital letters, a move that means a person is typically yelling their statement. The official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations, said the panels were informal rather than a set body of advisers.

At the time Musk tweeted, "Am departing presidential councils". A stronger statement was released - but attributed only to an unnamed spokesperson. There is no place for this kind of violence in America.

The US President has been at his New Jersey golf club on a "working vacation", but is expected to return to Washington on Monday to sign an executive action on China's trade policies.

"Some of the folks that will leave, they're leaving out of embarrassment because they make their products outside [of the United States, ]" Trump said Tuesday as he fielded questions following scheduled remarks on his infrastructure plans.

Corporate America loves stability, and what Trump is doing with his refusal to seriously condemn white supremacy and extremism is creating chaos in American society.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said there is "no bigger case right now that we are working on" and said the attack with the vehicle met the definition of domestic terrorism.

At the group's first meeting in January, Trump shook Frazier's hand after the CEO talked up efforts to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US for a cancer drug.

He followed with a tweet declaring "the #fakenews will never be satisfied".

Sessions said the Justice Department is pursuing the case "in every way".

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein tweeted: "Lincoln: 'A house divided against itself can not stand.' Isolate those who try to separate us".

However, it did seem like this statement only came after a deluge of pressure after he initially said that in Charlottesville, the violence came from "many sides".

That was met with swift bipartisan criticism.

CEOs have dropped out of President Trump's councils before over disagreements. "Lets come together as one!" Nothing specific against us. "We must all condemn hatred and white nationalism".

There are fresh calls this morning for President Trump to fire his chief strategist, Steve Bannon.

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