Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump to CEOs Abandoning White House Councils: You Can't Quit, You're Fired

Trump to CEOs Abandoning White House Councils: You Can't Quit, You're Fired

Following his decision to disband the council, he tweeted: 'Rather than putting pressure on the business people of the Manufacturing Council Strategy Policy Forum, I am ending both.

Trump made the announcement on Twitter, less than an hour after one of the groups was said to be planning to inform the White House that it would disband.

President Donald Trump no doubt pleased part of his political base on Tuesday by passionately arguing that both right- and left-wing extremists were responsible for violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia on Saturday.

Jayapal's resolution also offers condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, who was killed when a man slammed his auto into a crowd of people protesting the white- nationalist rally, and to the families of two state troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates, who died in a helicopter crash while monitoring the rally. "As chairman of the Republican Party, I want to be perfectly clear that white supremacy, neo-Nazi, KKK and hate speech and bigotry is not welcome and does not have a home in the Republican Party", she said in Detroit on Monday.

"Following yesterday's remarks from the president, I can not remain on the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative", Morrison said in a statement.

Here are some of the reactions to Trump's words.

Trump held an extraordinary press conference on Tuesday, when he attacked anti-fascist protestors who fought with Neo Nazis at the deadly rally in Charlottesville on Saturday. He also claimed there were "fine people on both sides" and even said that some of those attending the white supremacist gathering were "innocent".

On Monday he singled out the Klu Klux and neo-Nazis as "repugnant", but on Tuesday he returned to his original position and said there had been "blame on both sides". He also criticized "alt-left" protesters for violently confronting white nationalists. "But, many of those people were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee", the President said.

The leaders of four minority House caucus groups have written a letter to President Donald Trump calling for the removal of White House staff aides Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka.

After Mr Paul's resignation, Mr Trump tweeted: 'For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Elon Musk from Tesla withdrew earler from the Strategic and Policy Forum after Trump decided the United States would withdraw from the Paris environmental agreement.

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