Trump ends manufacturing council after CEOs quit over Charlottesville remarks


WASHINGTON, Aug. 18– U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday
that he was disbanding both the Manufacturing Council and Strategy and
Policy Forum, as business leaders resigned from the council over his
remarks on Charlottesville violence.

“Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing
Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!” Trump
tweeted.The decision was made after eight members of the Manufacturing
Council resigned in the wake of Trump’s remarks over the Charlottesville
violence on the weekend, which placed blame on both sides of the clash.Ken
Frazier, the CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck, was the first to exit the
Manufacturing Council on Monday, saying “America’s leaders must honor our
fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and
group supremacy.”

Trump retaliated minutes later on twitter, saying “now that Ken Frazier of
Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will
have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”But Trump’s attacks on Frazier
didn’t stop others from distancing themselves from the council, as top
executives of Intel, Under Armour, Alliance of American Manufacturing,
AFL-CIO, and Campbell Soup have also resigned from the council.The
Manufacturing council was an advisory panel set up in January aimed at
boosting jobs in the manufacturing sector. – XINHUA