Merck CEO quits Trump advisory panel over Charlottesville

Frazier blow brings pharma into spotlight again

Trump mocked the executive nearly immediately following the resignation, saying on Twitter that Frazier will now "have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!" "I love our country and our company and will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion".

But Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was more specific when he resigned a short time later, writing that while he had urged leaders to condemn "white supremacists and their ilk", many in Washington "seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them".

He is speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray about the race-fueled violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. The president was already under fire for failing to quickly condemn white supremacy after Saturday's Charlottesville rally. (This after many of them campaigned to get on Trump's committees.) But many are too scared to say anything publicly that could make them or their company a target of Trump's wrath.

Frazier did not specifically mention Trump's statements about the deadly Charlottesville, Va., clashes but said he is taking a stand against intolerance as a "matter of personal conscience". Fights broke out, and then a man drove into the opponents of the white supremacists.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling ABC's "Good Morning America" that the death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia, "does meet the definition of domestic terrorism in our statute".

At a news conference Monday, after a barrage of blistering criticism, the president said "racism is evil".

As Marshall himself famously said, "Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country".

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During Heyer's memorial service, her mother called on people to honor her daughter's legacy by fighting injustice. Lee statue, fueled a nationwide movement that has put public pressure to remove Confederate monuments.

In several television interviews on Monday, Sessions said Trump had "explicitly condemned" violence and that "he totally opposes" the values espoused by white supremacy organizations.

Months of anti-immigrant rhetoric, followed by explicit anti-immigrant polices, coupled with tacit approval of white nationalism, proved inconsequential to the three CEOs who have announce their departure from President Trump's manufacturing council. Trump referenced violence "on many sides".

Andrew Ross Sorkin is a business columnist for The New York Times. Sessions added: "He's been firm on this from the beginning.

I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does", Krzanich wrote in a blog post on the Silicon Valley company's website late Monday.

Yesterday, the White House pulled the plug on yet another panel.

In February, he stood next to the president in the White House to announce a $7 billion investment in a new USA factory.

Anybody else? The American Technology Council, a Trump project featuring leaders from the tech industry, still exists, and it remains to be seen if any of this council's members intend to disassociate themselves from the White House.

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