Intel CEO Brian Krzanich latest to leave Trump adviser group

19 August, 2017, 18:01 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Merck CEO Resignation Won’t Impact Council Says Industry Group

The CEOs of Intel and Under Amour have released statements saying they are resigning from Donald Trump's manufacturing advisory panel.

"America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy", Frazier said in a statement.

Two more chief executives have resigned from President Trump's American Manufacturing Council following Charlottesville. "In a moment like Charlottesville and particularly after the President treated the resignation of Mr. Frazier of Merck by blasting him, I think it probably unsettled a couple of these other executives", said Rove.

"Promoting American manufacturing should not be a political issue", he added. Trump said at a press conference in New York Tuesday afternoon. "I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring and uniting through power of sport", sport equipment giant Under Armour's CEO Kevin Plank said in a statement.

Among those who have left the manufacturing council are Merck & Co.

Brian Krzanich said he was leaving the President's manufacturing council because he was concerned about the harm "our divided political climate" is causing to issues such as equality.

The president followed up later in the day, tweeting that Merck "is a leader in higher & higher drug prices while at the same time taking jobs out of the U.S. Bring jobs back & LOWER PRICES!"

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, resigned from the White House business advisory and manufacturing councils, and Robert Iger, CEO of Disney, resigned from the business council, citing their views on climate change.

"Thank you all!" However, in earlier tweets he assailed the CEOs who left as "grandstanders" and said he had plenty of executives available to take their place.

Krzanich also announced Tuesday that Intel is accelerating its drive to make its workforce more diverse.

President Trump's two business councils were already on shaky ground Wednesday. Travis Kalanick, former CEO of Uber, stepped down in February to protest Trump's travel ban.

"The President and we are disbanding the Forum", the statement read.

Trump says the departures were due to some of those companies making products overseas.

Mr Frazier said he was quitting in the wake of Mr Trump's initial failure to condemn the far-right for violence in Charlottesville. The White House later stated that Trump was including "white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups" in his remarks about the violence.

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