Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

8th CEO Quits Trump Manufacturing Council

President Donald Trump lashed out at the CEO of the nation's third-largest pharmaceutical company after he resigned from a federal advisory council, citing the president's failure to immediately and explicitly rebuke the white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville, Va.

The White House later stated that Trump was including "white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups" in his remarks about the violence.

The resignations came as criticism mounted over Trump's slow response to the weekend demonstration which ended in bloodshed when a suspected Nazi sympathizer plowed his vehicle into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, killing one and wounding 19.

Frazier's message was clear: "America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy".

"I joined the American Manufacturing Council because I believed it was important for Under Armour to have an active seat at the table and represent our industry". "The executive order is hurting many people in communities all across America". I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have made a decision to step down from the council.

Sixteen minutes after Trump tweeted, Paul announced that he was resigning from the council because "it's the right thing for me to do".

Plank, who called Trump an "asset to the country" in the first months of his presidency but later retracted that remark, said in his statement, "I love our country and our company and will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion". Three of the nation's top executives resigned from a federal panel created years ago to advise the US president. The president added that he believes economic growth in the USA will heal its racial divide.

"Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!" he wrote.

The CEO of industrial conglomerate 3M resigned from the president's Manufacturing Jobs Initiative panel, saying it is no longer an effective forum for the company to advance its goals.

"We must engage if we hope to change the world and those who lead it", he said in a statement.

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quit President Trump's council of business leaders in February, amid boycott calls.

Many on social media, including business leaders, spoke out in support of the executives' resignations.

The manufacturing jobs council had 28 members initially, but it has shrunk since it was formed earlier this year as executives resign, retire, or are replaced.

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