Fourth CEO resigns from Trump's American Manufacturing Council

President Trump's Charlottesville address fails to match the nobility of Lincoln's Gettysburg

But the most drastic action from a business leader came early Monday, when Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, one of the country's most prominent black corporate executives, quit President Trump's manufacturing council.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk left the manufacturing council and a separate policy council in June following the president's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. Scott Paul, the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, had enough.

At least seven companies or executives said that they would remain with the council, which was formed in January to advise Trump on manufacturing growth - a focus of the president's campaign. Maybe some emails/phone calls are in order?

Trump went after Frazier within minutes of his announcement Monday morning, but did not comment on Plank nor Krzanich directly.

Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, a member of another Trump economic advisory group, tweeted Sunday that she was "heartbroken by the violence in #Charlottesville". However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.

"I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists", David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan and a Trump supporter, tweeted after Trump tweeted a tame appeal for unity on Saturday. The White House later stated that Trump was including "white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups" in his remarks about the violence. None said whether they would stay on.

"It's certainly a sign that Trump's more controversial stuff isn't playing well with companies selling to middle America", said Goolsbee, now a professor at the University of Chicago.

Dunford on North Korea: 'Get Out of This Situation Without a War'
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"Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"

Walt Disney chairman and chief executive Bob Iger resigned for the same reason from the president's strategic and policy forum.

In addition to Plank and Frazier, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich also resigned from the American Manufacturing Council.

They all released statements that condemned racism or welcomed tolerance.

"Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is unwavering, and we will remain active champions for these efforts", said a spokesman for Campbell Soup for CEO Denise Morrison. So will Michael Dell, the head of his namesake computer company.

Even Republicans were appalled and urged Trump to do more.

"After this weekend, I am not sure what it would take to get these CEOs to resign", he tweeted.

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