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Hate crime: 3 CEOs resign from Trump's industry panel

19 Agosto 2017, 07:52 | Martinez Canez

Merck CEO leaves Trump's manufacturing council over Charlottesville statement

Kenneth 'Ken' C. Frazier Ripped By Trump On Twitter For Qutting President's American Manufacturing Council

In a blog post, he said he "resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them".

Under Armour's Kevin Plank and Intel's Brian Krzanich took a less-harsh tone in the Monday evening resignations, saying they were not interested in being involved in "politics".

Kenneth C. Frazier, chief executive of Merck, is the latest CEO to resign from one of the president's advisory councils.

Saturday's trouble erupted after hundreds of white nationalists converged in Charlottesville to protest plans to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee, commander of the pro-slavery Confederate army in the U.S. Civil War.

Frazier, who resigned Monday from a federal advisory panel in protest of President Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., once helped win the freedom of a death row inmate in Alabama who'd been wrongly convicted of murder. Plank's company had faced a backlash earlier this year over his support of Trump.

In a memo sent to BlackRock employees and provided to Bloomberg Wednesday, Fink said that the violence, racism and antisemitism in Virginia had to be criticized without caveats.

It wrote: "Trump comments were good".

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.

Trump briefly waved as he walked alone into the building, which is under renovation. The rally turned violent, and one counter-protester was the victim of a vehicular homicide perpetrated by a white supremacist. He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate ... on both sides!

"Mr. President, you can't allow White Supremacists to share only part of blame", Florida Sen.

Sessions said the Justice Department is pursuing the case "in every way". He didn't attack us.

Mentioning that the current unfolding of events in Virginia is not linked to his presidency, Trump said, "It has been going on for a long time in our country - not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama".

In a weird press conference, Trump said that not all of the protesters in Charlottesville "were white supremacists by any stretch" and said the "alt-left" counter-protesters were "very, very violent". Trump referenced violence "on many sides". "He is appalled by this".

Krzanich isn't the first CEO to depart a Trump council. In just over 24 hours, the president went from bragging about his many replacements to taking credit for completely dissolving his two business groups.

The White House tried to stem the damage on Sunday. And if they do, are new CEOs going to be eager to step in?

"The President's statements yesterday were deeply troubling", Immelt said.

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