President Donald Trump pulled a fast one on business leaders on Wednesday—firing those who were too slow to quit two of his White House business councils after the president’s views on a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville became clear.
Following a fast-growing exodus of business leaders who were members of the councils, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he would disband both committees—while many in Washington argued that more Republicans including the president’s advisors and aides should distance themselves from the White House.
Seven CEOs left the president’s manufacturing council over the past two days, following the president’s failure to clearly denounce the white supremacists who gathered at a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. The CEO of Walmart, another member, also sent a letter to all Walmart employees criticizing Trump.
As the list of resignations grew, Trump insisted he wasn’t alarmed by the statements of the defectors, some of whom expressed their need to leave because they couldn’t back a president who “supports bigotry and terrorism.”
The president announced he would dissolve the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative and the Strategy and Policy Forum just after it was reported that the latter was planning to disband itself. The manufacturing council was also expected to meet later on Wednesday to discuss its plans to proceed amid the tension caused by the president’s press conference the day before, in which he insisted there were “very fine people” who attended the white supremacist gatherings last Friday and Saturday.
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