Trump’s response to weekend violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia has led to the resignation of three CEO’s from the U.S. President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday.
CEO’s of Intel Corp, Merck & Co Inc and Under Armour Inc resigned on Monday following President Trump’s apathetic response to the weekend’s rally of between white supremacists and counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia which spewed violence.
President Donald Trump after the white nationalist rally turned deadly on Saturday, initially said that many sides were to blame. On Monday, in a statement, Trump denounced neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as criminals and thugs, bowing to mounting political pressure as critics assailed him for not singling out white supremacists.
“I resigned from the council to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues…,” Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said in a blog post.
Kenneth Fraizer CEO Merck & co who also left the advisory council because of the president’s response to the situation said that there is a need to “take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”
Kevin Plank CEO of Under Armour resigned his membership in a Twitter posting saying “We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing, However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.”