Merck executive resigns from president's council, and Trump lashes out

18 Août, 2017, 04:46 | Author: Marc Bacque
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His move comes hours after Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, one of the country's most prominent black corporate executives, quit the council over Trump's initial failure to condemn white supremacists.

Trump also assailed the CEOs who left on Twitter as "grandstanders" and said he had plenty of executives available to take their place.

Mr Frazier is not the first executive to resign from advisory councils serving Mr Trump.

A president who took office as the weakest in modern history is losing the only little bit of power he had.

I joined the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative in January to advocate for policies that align with our values and encourage even stronger investment and job growth - in order to make the United States stronger, healthier and more prosperous for all people.

President Donald Trump's statement on Charlottesville has been criticised for pandering to the far-right groups who sparked the violence, where rather than explicitly call out white supremacism he instead criticised hatred, bigotry, and violence "on many sides - on many sides".

He said Frazier had stood up for "the moral values that made this country what it is".

However then he went on to share a tweet from the pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec, who is known for promoting discredited theories about the killing of the Democratic National Committee employee, Seth Rich, and the "pizzagate" allegations against Hillary Clinton that led a man to walk into a restaurant with an assault rifle and fire off three rounds, among other falsehoods.

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"Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans", he said in nationally televised remarks. I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have chose to step down from the council.

"The labor movement has forever been at the tip of the spear in ending racism and bigotry", Trumka said. The president added that he believes economic growth in the US will heal its racial divide.

"Green America applauds the CEOs of Intel, Under Armour, the AFL-CIO, Merck, and the other companies that left the councils for refusing to be party to tolerating hate".

He declared in a statement on Twitter that there was "no room for hatred, racism or bigotry" at his company. We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing.

The AFL-CIO, which has two members on the council, said Monday that it denounces "bigoted domestic terrorists" and called on Trump to follow.

Kevin Plank, the chief executive of Under Armour Inc.'s issued a more vague statement about his decision. A spokesperson for the company confirmed that there is no representative from Ford on the council. A spokesperson said the company is no longer a member of the council. "However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics".

In June, Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors Inc. and SpaceX, and Robert Iger, chief executive of the Walt Disney Co., announced they were stepping down from White House councils after Trump announced he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord.

President Donald Trump speaks as Kenneth Frazier, chairman and CEO of Merck, looks on during a listening session with manufacturing CEOs on February 23 in the State Dining Room of the White House.

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