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CEOs abandon Trump over Charlottesville

CEOs abandon Trump over Charlottesville

"Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics", he said in a statement.

Four CEOs quit Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council over his response to a deadly rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville - and that was before the president renewed the controversy on Tuesday by furiously reverting to his original position that the counter-protesters share the blame for the violence.

Members of Trump's own party have called on the president to condemn Saturday's killing of a woman who had been protesting white supremacists as an act of domestic terrorism.

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

Without mentioning Charlottesville or the president's response he concluded: "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".

Richard Trumka, president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), issued a statement saying he was resigning from the American Manufacturing Council.

But Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was more specific when he resigned a short time later, writing that while he had urged leaders to condemn "white supremacists and their ilk", many in Washington "seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them".

"I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have made a decision to step down from the council".




Before his Tuesday tweet, Trump had fired back at Frazier and the pharmaceutical giant twice Monday, but had not posted messages to Twitter that directly responded to the decisions by Plank or Krzanich.

Dell Technologies said that its chief executive, Michael Dell, would remain on the White House manufacturing advisory council.

Mr Plank, the founder of sportswear firm Under Armour, announced his resignation from the council in a Twitter posting.

It was glaring that there weren't similar comments from those CEOs advising the president as members of various councils, said Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean for leadership studies at the Yale School of Management.

Trump is under increasing pressure to call out the white supremacist and hate groups involved. But it added that chairman Jeff Immelt would stay on the council because it was important for GE to "participate in the discussion on how to drive growth and productivity in the U.S". "The current environment must change, or else our nation will become a shadow of what it once was and what it still can and should be", Krzanich said. The CEOs of Dow Chemical, Nucor, CE, and more, all remain as of the moment.

After Trump announced in June that the US would be leaving the Paris climate accord, both Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Disney CEO Bob Iger left his business advisory council.

Several executives from top US companies have stepped down from a number of presidential advisory councils in protest to Trump policies.


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