Trump Abandons Infrastructure Council Amid Fallout From C'Ville Response

Joanna Estrada
August 19, 2017

"Today's announcement that the United States is withdrawing from TPP and seeking a reopening of NAFTA is an important first step toward a trade policy that works for working people", Trumka said in a statement.

But Trump's unwillingness to draw a clear moral distinction between white supremacists and those who oppose them doomed that effort.

A 32-year-old woman was killed when a vehicle ploughed its way through a group of protesters last Saturday in the Virginia town, sparking a wave of condemnation of the neo-Nazi groups. Many others were also injured when James Alex Fields allegedly mowed through the crowd. A man with ties to a white nationalist group has been charged with second-degree murder in the case.

Six business leaders have now resigned from Trump's manufacturing council since the weekend.

"For every CEO that drops out of the manufacturing council, I have many to take their place". After careful consideration, I believe the initiative is no longer an effective vehicle for 3M to advance these goals. He did not resign from the council.

It was at that event at Trump Tower that he took questions on Charlottesville and renewed his argument that "both sides" were to blame for the violence and asserted that there were "fine people" among those who participated in the protest of the city's removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

In a March commentary on this page I defended Disney CEO Robert Iger for deciding to stay on President Donald Trump's business advisory committee so that he would have an opportunity to influence the president on important economic issues.

He added, "the president's statement really unveiled his true feelings about the situation in Charlottesville and around country".

Trump's fiery comments on Tuesday, doubling down on his initial response to the Virginia rally, unnerved CEOs already doubting the utility and public relations value of remaining on Trump's councils, sources close to several of the CEOs told Reuters. Coleman is the RJC's national chairman.

The implosion of Trump's advisory councils on Wednesday serves as a stark reminder of these divides. "We join with our political and religious brethren calling upon President Trump to provide greater moral clarity in rejecting racism, bigotry and antisemitism". But his company released a statement at around 2 p.m. Wednesday that said he had a change of heart.

Thulin broke his silence Wednesday. It has almost 90,000 employees around the world.

Merck chief executive Ken Frazier, one of the few African Americans represented among the business leaders advising Trump, was the first to resign from the manufacturing council. It is incumbent on business leaders to show support for that American ideal.

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