Trump disbands business councils as bosses resign

Trump disbands business councils as bosses resign

trPresident Trump has said he is scrapping two business councils after more bosses quit over his handling of violent clashes in Virginia.

Business leaders left the White House manufacturing council after the backlash against how he reacted to the far-right rally last weekend.

The clashes culminated in a woman’s death and nearly 20 wounded when a car ploughed into a crowd.

Mr Trump said the manufacturing and strategy forums would be disbanded.

The decision comes after the heads of post-it maker 3M, Campbell Soup, Johnson & Johnson, and United Technologies announced their resignations on Wednesday.

Mr Trump said on Twitter: “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both.”

The strategy forum said in a statement: “We believe the debate over forum participation has become a distraction from our well-intentioned and sincere desire to aid vital policy discussions on how to improve the lives of everyday Americans.”

Businesses have been under pressure to distance themselves from Mr Trump over his handling of the clashes.

On Monday, he belatedly condemned the white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups that rallied in Charlottesville.
But in a rancorous news conference on Tuesday he backtracked and again blamed left-wing counter-protesters for the violence too.

Denise Morrison of Campbell Soup Co. on Wednesday said she could not continue to participate in the advisory panel after Mr Trump’s comments. Activists had called on Campbell Soup, among other firms, to take action.

“Following yesterday’s remarks from the President, I cannot remain on the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative. I will continue to support all efforts to spur economic growth and advocate for the values that have always made America great,” she said.

Mr Trump had earlier dismissed the chief executive resignations, saying the business leaders were “not taking their jobs seriously as it pertains to this country”.


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