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Trump slams 'grandstanders' who quit CEO council over Charlottesville

19 August 2017

He also dismissed all CEOs who've left the council and accused them of trying to win public favor by leaving. Grandstanders should not have gone on. Krzanich touted his company's progress, said Intel is ahead of schedule and said he is moving up his goal of narrowing its diversity gap: "Instead of 2020, we expect to achieve full representation in Intel's workforce by 2018, two years earlier than our original goal".

The decision by these businessmen to remove themselves from a closer association with the President is striking, and signals that to many, President Trump's previous label as a "businessman, not a politician", likely means little in the face of his failing administration.

Frazier kicked off the resignations Monday morning, said he felt it was his "responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism". Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, also tweeted that he would resign his position.

Now, others are pushing for more executives to refuse to serve President Donald Trump after what many believe to be an inadequate response to a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one dead and dozens injured.

Trump initially blamed "many sides" for Saturday's violence, sparking a welter of criticism and prompting Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, a prominent African-American businessman, to quit the presidential advisory panel.

Thulin and Morrison were the seventh and eighth to step down from the council in the wake of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., and Trump's response to it. Thulin's prepared statement, released on Twitter, did not cite events surrounding Charlottesville as the reason for resignation; Morrison's statement did. He said promoting American manufacturing "should not be a political issue".

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

US President Donald Trump's disbanded Manufacturing Council, headed by Australia's Andrew Liveris, has been described by one of its former high-powered members as a "joke".

Heather Heyer was killed when a white nationalist demonstrator drove his auto at high speed into a crowd of counterprotesters. The White House later stated that Trump was including "white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups" in his remarks about the violence.

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".

Trump did issue negative tweets on Merck's Frazier, signaling he might go after high drug prices.

Trump slams 'grandstanders' who quit CEO council over Charlottesville