These business leaders have resigned from President Trump's special council

Gwen Vasquez
August 20, 2017

On Monday, rather than amend his statement on his favorite platform-Twitter-Trump instead opted to attack Frazier.

CEOs of some major companies resigned from President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council this past week following his comments on the violence that happened this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. A man allegedly drove a vehicle into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring many others. He said Frazier had stood up for "the moral values that made this country what it is".

Frazier seemed to take aim at Trump, and criticism over his remarks, by suggesting America's leaders "must honor our fundamental views by clearly expressions of hate, bigotry, and group supremacy".

The response has sparked backlash, as critics (and even some Trump supporters) have said the embattled president didn't go far enough to condemn white nationalists.

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, one of only four African-Americans to lead a Fortune 500 company today, was the first to tender his resignation Monday.

The head of drugs giant Merck has said he is resigning from President Trump's American Manufacturing Council following Charlottesville.

After neo-Nazis and white supremacists brawled with counter-protesters in the streets of Charlottesville on Saturday, Trump spoke against violence "on many sides - on many sides".

US President Donald Trump has called time on his American Manufacturing Council following the departure of several executives this week.

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Trump did make a statement that day, condemning hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan and white nationalists, two days after his initial statements that there was hatred on "all sides".

"However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics".

I am resigning from the President's American Manufacturing Council.

Dan Eaton, a business ethics instructor at the San Diego State University Fowler College of Business and a partner at San Diego-based law firm Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, said that while CEOs may feel it is their civic duty to serve the president, their responsibility ultimately is to their shareholders, employees and customers.

Frazier is the latest captain of industry to drop a White House role in protest.

The exchange lit up social media early Monday, with many people lauding Frazier and blasting the president.

The images have prompted condemnation from many, including former Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has called out "the incitement of hatred that got us here".

Under Armour's Kevin Plank became the second prominent CEO to back out of President Trump's manufacturing council Monday night. But they also said they'd stay on the council so they could advise the government on ways to strengthen manufacturing.

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