Trump Blasts Executives Leaving Council For Response To Hate Rally

Judith Bessette
Agosto 19, 2017

Darwin-born Mr Liveris, chairman and chief executive of the Michigan-headquartered Dow Chemical Company, announced on Tuesday he would not join the growing list of business leaders quitting US President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council.

Several CEOs announced their resignation from the council this week following President Trump's initial response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which failed to specifically denounce white supremacists.

"America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy", he said in a statement.

The first to drop out of the manufacturing council after the events in Charlottesville was the CEO of Merck pharmaceuticals, Kenneth Frazier. Musk was also a member of the manufacturing council.

Krazanich and Plank refrained from citing Trump's blasé attitude regarding racially-motivated violence, but said the contentious climate in Washington needlessly politicizes all discourse.

As has been widely reported, Trump faced widespread criticism for failing to explicitly condemn far-right white supremacists at the rally, where dozens were injured, and one woman was killed as a vehicle was driven into a crowd of unarmed anti-racism protestors.

Like several other corporate leaders, Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, said that intolerance and racism have no place in US society but was willing to stay on the council.

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President Donald Trump has been spearheading a special council that puts some of the best executives in the country in one place with the hope of improving manufacturing in the US. All of them left over the President's unconvincing denunciation of the deadly violent march by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., on the weekend.

Trump previously lost the support of three other business leaders from his Strategy and Policy Forum: Uber's then-CEO Travis Kalanick quit following Trump's travel ban, while Tesla's Elon Musk and Disney's Bob Iger left when Trump announced the us withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. Plank said, "Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics".

"The President's statements yesterday were deeply troubling", Immelt said.

"Earlier today, I tendered my resignation from the American Manufacturing Council", Krzanich said in a blog post.

Over the next two days, leaders from Intel, Under Armour, the Alliance for American Manufacturing, the AFL-CIO, 3M and Campbell Soup Company also resigned.

"I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have chose to step down from the council", Plank continued.

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