CIO president leaves Trump advisory board

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 18, 2017

Frazier, one of only a few black CEOs to helm a Fortune 500 company, said in a statement that Trump "must honor our fundamental views by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy". Within minutes, Trump attacked Frazier, who is African American, for his decision and what the president called Merck's "ripoff drug prices".

President Trump's American Manufacturing Council originally included the chief executives of more than two dozen top us companies, as well as leaders of industry groups and labor unions.

Frazier's resignation followed a violent weekend in Charlottesville, Va., where one person was killed and 19 injured after a vehicle plowed into a group protesting a white supremacist rally.

Republican U.S. Representative Charlie Dent said Trump's comments on Monday, when he denounced neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacists by name, were better than his "failed response" over the weekend.

Trump came under fire over the weekend for not specifically naming the white supremacist groups, and instead pinning the blame for violence and bigotry on "many sides".

President Donald Trump arrives to speak about the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington.

Plank said he was resigning due to the president's initial response to the Charlottesville protests.

Lee, who worked as economist and deputy chief of staff at AFL-CIO, also stepped down from the council.

"Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics", he said in a statement. Now some of those same business leaders are turning on President Trump.

"For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place".

Plank expressed support for Trump publicly earlier this year, triggering global backlash.

"Lincoln: 'A house divided against itself can not stand.' Isolate those who try to separate us".

A man drove his vehicle into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, killing a young woman and injuring 19.

A number of companies or executives said they would remain with the council, which was formed in January to advise Trump on manufacturing growth - a focus of the president's campaign.

No matter what you think about the reason Frazier gave for leaving a key White House business advisory group, the president should get his facts right, Cramer said on "Squawk on the Street." .

"Americans deserve to know that white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis are not in a position to influence USA policy", says the letter dated Monday. So far Elon Musk of Tesla, Bob Iger of Disney and Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs have all exited presidential councils. Immelt was one of the executives on the manufacturing council who had earlier this week said he would stay.

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