CEOs leaving advisory council 'out of embarrassment'


The following are responses from companies and CEOs on Trump's manufacturing council to the recent events in Virginia: * Dow Chemical Co "I condemn the violence this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia", Chief Executive Andrew Liveris said in a statement.

Then came resignations from Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and then Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.

At the rally, activist Heather Hayer was struck and killed and over 19 people left injured by a vehicle driven seemingly deliberately into counter-protesters.

Trump was specifically taken to task for comments on Saturday in which he denounced what he called "this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".

The outrage over Trump's reaction to the Charlottesville violence added to a litany of problems for the president.

"America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry, and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal", Frazier said in his statement.

His words carry weight: Intel is one of the world's biggest chipmakers, an icon of American innovation and a company Trump has praised in the past.

Soon after Frazier announced his decision to leave the council, Trump tweeted that the CEO "will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"

Like several other corporate leaders, Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, said that intolerance and racism have no place in US society but that he meant to stay on the manufacturing council. As seen in the below statement from the Twitter account of Merck, Frazier noted that the strength of the US comes from the diversity found within the country, and that contributions made by all men and women who come from a variety of backgrounds, faiths, varying political beliefs and races - along with differing sexual orientations - are what matters.

William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said he could not "think of a parallel example" of any president responding as viciously as Mr Trump to a CEO departing an advisory council.

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Krzanich wrote that while he urged leaders to condemn "white supremacists and their ilk", many in Washington "seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them".

Mr Trump spoke in the White House after meeting U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions and Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray about the racially-charged violence on Saturday.

But by the time he arrived at midmorning, it was clear all other messages would be drowned out until he said more about Charlottesville.

The aftermath of the violence at a neo-Nazi and white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, represents the latest break between Trump, who sold himself as a businessman president, and leaders of corporate America.

The White House tried to stem the damage on Sunday.

Mr Musk has also left the manufacturing council.

But McMillon, whose business has customers on all sides of the political spectrum, plans to stay on a separate Trump advisory panel and said that the president's follow-up remarks on Monday that named white supremacists were a step in the right direction.

Democrats and Republicans criticized Trump for waiting too long to address the violence - his first major domestic crisis as president - and for failing when he did speak out to explicitly condemn white-supremacist marchers who ignited the melee.

Tesla founder Elon Musk left the manufacturing council and another presidential advisory group in June, citing his disagreement with Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord.

Trump is under increasing pressure to call out the White supremacist and hate groups involved.