Fourth CEO resigns from Trump's American Manufacturing Council
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 16 : Head of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, Scott Paul has become the fourth (Chief Executive Officer) CEO to quit the United States President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council after three other had resigned on Monday following Trump's response to the racially-charged violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.Scott said on Twitter that it was "the right thing for me to do."
The other three CEOs -- Merck and Co.'s Kenneth Frazier, Under Armour Inc.'s Kevin Plank and Intel Corp.'s Brian Krzanich had resigned on Monday.
He joined the CEOs of Merck, Under Armour and Intel, who all left the council Monday. The group, which Trump established in January with about two dozen members, is supposed to meet occasionally to offer the President advice on job growth.
Meanwhile, Trump said that he has other CEOs ready to take their place that "grandstanders" should not have joined the manufacturing council in the first place.
Earlier, first one to leave the council, CEO Merck and Co.'s Kenneth Frazier, had cited Trump's passive and delayed response in denouncing the hate groups responsible for the Virginia violence as the basis of his resignation.
"I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism," Frazier said.
Trump received widespread criticism for failing to specifically rebuke white nationalists for violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides," Trump said during a short statement, adding that he had been closely following terrible events unfolding in Virginia.
Mentioning that the current unfolding of events in Virginia is not linked to his presidency, Trump said, "It has been going on for a long time in our country -- not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America."