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Trump responds to CEOs quitting White House advisory council

Donald Trump is going after executives who quit his economic
advisory councils.

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President Donald Trump said Tuesday that executives who quit his
White House economic advisory councils were “not taking their
jobs seriously” and “leaving out of embarrassment.”

The chief executives of Merck,
Under Armour
, and Intel resigned Monday from a
presidential council on manufacturing
in the wake of Trump’s
remarks on the violent white-supremacist rally in
Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

“Some of the folks that will leave, they are leaving out of
embarrassment because they make their products outside [the US],
and I’ve been lecturing them … about you have to bring it back
to this country,” Trump said. “You can’t do it necessarily in
Ireland and all of these other places — you have to bring this
work back to this country. That’s what I want.”

Trump went after the executives on Twitter earlier Tuesday,
writing: “For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing
Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should
not have gone on. JOBS!”

Trump drew widespread criticism Saturday after he condemned the
violence in Charlottesville “from many sides” without
specifically denouncing white supremacists or racism.

On Monday, he delivered more pointed remarks and called out
neo-Nazis, racism, and the KKK.

“Racism is evil,” he said. “And those who cause violence in its
name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white
supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to
everything we hold dear as Americans.”

For some, the remarks came too late. Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier
said earlier on Monday that
he was resigning
from the manufacturing council as a “matter
of personal conscience.”

“I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and
extremism,” he said. “America’s leaders must honor our
fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred,
bigotry, and group supremacy, which run counter to the American
ideal that all people are created equal.”

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon also
weighed in
on Trump’s handling of the Charlottesville rally
this week, saying the president “missed a critical opportunity to
help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting the
appalling actions of white supremacists.”

But McMillon said he would continue to serve on Trump’s Strategic
and Policy Forum, another White House economic advisory council
made up of business leaders.

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