Trump Gets Petty When Black CEO Quits Manufacturing Council

Merck CEO Resignation Won’t Impact Council Says Industry Group

In a statement, Plank said his company "engages in innovation and sports, not politics".

Krazanich and Plank refrained from citing Trump's blasé attitude regarding racially-motivated violence, but said the contentious climate in Washington needlessly politicizes all discourse.

"As the CEO of Merck, and in my soul and conscience, I consider it my responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism", said Mr. Frazier, 62, the CEO of Merck since 2011.

Trump's response to Frazier attacking him for high drug prices is a flashback to common rhetoric from Trump on the campaign trail.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has become the third company chief in recent days to depart from United States President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council.

Former Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick left the Business Advisory Council in February over the Trump administration's immigration policies.

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It would help both sides to minimise unnecessary disruption and provide certainty for businesses and individuals if this principle were agreed early in the process".

Frazier's resignation comes after a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent on Saturday, with one counter-protester dead and 19 injured.

Trump faced heavy criticism from across the political divide of his response to the attacks, which at first refused to explicitly condemn the extreme right. "We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and... true affection for each other". "I resigned because I want to make progress".

"I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have made a decision to step down from the council".

During his remarks, Trump doubled down on claims that "both sides" were to blame for the violence, while insisting that "very fine people" were among the attendees of a white supremacist rally.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk also resigned from the council in June after President Trump pulled out of the Paris climate agreement. Trump called the acts an "egregious display of hatred and bigotry", but many said he didn't take a strong enough stance.

"I can not sit on a council for a President that tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism; I resign, effective immediately", Trumka said in a tweet Tuesday night.

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