Trump Labels CEOs Who Left Advisory Panel as 'Grandstanders'

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Agosto 21, 2017

President and CEO of 3M Inge Thulin is leaving President Donald Trump's manufacturing advisory council, the seventh chief executive to leave.

President Trump's American Manufacturing Council originally included the chief executives of more than two dozen top USA companies, as well as leaders of industry groups and labor unions. In January, his ban on travel from certain Muslim-majority countries drew criticism from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Starbucks boss Howard Schultz, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Apple's Tim Cook and many, many others.

He made no mention of the far-right militia groups involved in the Charlottesville melee, some of whom were wearing Trump hats or T-shirts. I am an engineer who has spent most of his career working in factories that manufacture the world's most advanced devices.

Hours after Frazier resigned, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank also said he was stepping down from the council.

In June, Elon Musk left the council after Trump removed the United States from the Paris Agreement.

It said: "The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups".

A majority of them resigned after criticism mounted over the U.S. president's less-than-encouraging response to the weekend violence in Charlottesville, where a auto rammed into a crowd peacefully protesting against the rally by white supremacists, killing a 32-year-old woman.

"The executive order is hurting many people in communities all across America", Kalanick said at the time.

The president says on Twitter, "For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place".

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".

August 14: Under Armour Inc.'s Kevin Plank quit the manufacturing group about 12 hours after Frazier.

One other member, Dell, said there was "no change" in how it is "engaging with the Trump administration" on policy issues that affect the company.

Earlier Tuesday, Scott Paul, president of the nonprofit American Alliance for Manufacturing, announced his exit, "because it's the right thing for me to do".

"We should honor - not attack - those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values", said Intel chief Brian Krzanich, while lamenting "the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues".

"I believe the president should have been - and still needs to be - unambiguous on that point", he added.

White supremacist groups gathered in Charlottesville Friday evening to protest the city's decision to remove a statue of Civil War Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park.

"We can not sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism", the statement said in part.

"Rather than putting pressure on the business people of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both".

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