After a group of CEO’s on the President’s Manufacturing Council decided to quit over the way he handled the tragedy in Charlottesville, Trump took to Twitter to tell the nation that the remaining CEO’s left because he fired them.
An Exodus of CEO’s
The CEOs’ decision reflects the nation’s opinion on Trump’s failure to properly condemn white supremacy and racism, which led to the death of a 32-year-old woman during a protest against the removal of a Confederate monument from public land in Charlottesville, Virginia.
However, things got much worse in the meantime as the president held an impromptu presser Tuesday in which he placed the blame for the attack on “both sides” and said that both groups of protesters included some “fine people,” not just bad people. The scandal following these remarks forced more chief executives to jump ship.
On Monday, three more CEO’s announced they were leaving the American Manufacturing Council because of the president’s weak initial response to the attack. Unsurprisingly, Trump attacked the departing Merck CEO because he had failed to address his company’s ‘rip-off drug prices.’ Ironically, that CEO was the only black man that quit the council that day. On Wednesday, a couple more CEO’s left the council for the same reason.
Manufacturing Council Dead on Arrival
As of today, eleven business leaders stepped down from the manufacturing council, which means that there are slim chances for the advisory board to survive. According to several reports, Trump might as well disband the council.
On Wednesday, the president tweeted that he would replace the outgoing CEO’s with other professionals. But he also tweet-fired the people left on the Manufacturing Council before they could quit on him.
Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2017
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