Trump mocks exec for quitting advisory council over racism

Merck CEO quits Trump advisory panel over Charlottesville response

The CEOs of athletic wear manufacturer Under Armour, computer chip maker Intel and pharmaceutical company Merck resigned Monday from the White House's American Manufacturing Council - with the Merck withdrawal drawing a quick and angry Twitter outburst from President Donald Trump.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk resigned from the manufacturing council in June, and two other advisory groups to the president, after the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

"Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics", said the sports brand's CEO, Kevin Plank. "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".

Trump tweeted that at least Frazier will now "have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"

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". But with the exception of Frazier, none appear to have directly condemned the president's choice of words, which have been a lightning rod for Americans from many quarters, even among many Republican lawmakers and Trump supporters.

The demonstration in Charlottesville by hundreds of white nationalists took a deadly turn on Saturday when a auto plowed into a group of counter protesters and killed one person.

Business Roundtable, a powerful lobby group of CEOs that advocate for tax reform, put out a statement condemning the violence in Virginia. The Daily Stormer is a neo-Nazi, white-supremacist website associated with the alt-right movement. "As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism".

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".

Sessions also says he is meeting with President Donald Trump and officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday to discuss the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Blankfein tweeted on Monday morning: "Lincoln: 'A house divided against itself can not stand.' Isolate those who try to separate us".

On Sunday, however, the White House added: "The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry, and hatred, and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi, and all extremist groups".

A New York Times reporter added late yesterday that the infrastructure panel was disbanded because Trump was anxious about its members quitting.

The statements from American chief executives that came closest to criticizing Trump's language came from Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs and Krzanich of Intel. Trump has in the past caused drug stocks to drop by threatening to bring prices "way down".

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

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