More Business Leaders Leave Trump's Manufacturing Council

Trump Slams CEOs Who Quit Manufacturing Council Over Charlottesville as 'Grandstanders'

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is distancing himself from the president by giving up his seat on the White House's American Manufacturing Council.

Under Armour founder and chief executive Kevin Plank's statement was more subtle.

This means that six executives have left the council, including Elon Musk of Tesla and Bob Iger of Disney, who both left in response to Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement. Also pictured is Kenneth Frazier (R) CEO of Merck & Company.

Brian Krzanich's resignation comes after Saturday's violent confrontation between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The reason why there may be reluctance to leave is because some CEOs still view being asked by a sitting president to join a council, committee or task force "a tremendous honor" to help serve their country, according to Gutterman.

On Tuesday afternoon, speaking about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, Trump appeared to backtrack on his critical comments a day earlier about the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists. In addition to Krzanich's participation in Trump's advisory committee on manufacturing, he visited the White House earlier this year, and re-announced a factory development in the U.S. to boost Trump's favoribility.

The president of a manufacturing association has become the fourth executive to walk away from President Trump after he took two days to denounce white supremacy.

A man drove his vehicle into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, killing a young woman and injuring 19.

"I'm resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it's the right thing for me to do", Scott Paul tweeted Tuesday.

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"We must love each other, show affection for each other and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry and violence", he said.

"Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!" the USA president said.

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". "Hate and intolerance are a betrayal of what we stand for as Americans", said Pepsi chief executive Indra Nooyi, in a statement that did not address the Trump panel.

"I'd guess that they hoped their departures wouldn't garner as much attention later at night, and it's commonly witnessed on social media that backlash is greatest for the first deviation away from the expected".

SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Disney CEO Robert Iger bowed out of their respective positions when Trump said he would pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement.

A White House official downplayed the importance of the manufacturing council and a separate policy and strategy forum featuring corporate leaders.

"Our country's strength stems from its diversity and the contributions made by men and women of different faiths, races, sexual orientations and political beliefs", Frazier said in a statement.

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.

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