"Thank you all!", Trump tweeted.
The resignations came after Trump was criticized for his response to the violence at white supremacist events in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. However, he shocked many on Tuesday when he delivered an unscripted speech in NY that blamed the violence on more than the supremacy groups that convened in Charlottesville and said there were "nice" people on both sides.
A White House official downplayed the importance of the manufacturing council and a separate policy and strategy forum featuring corporate leaders.
After his remarks, a fifth member of his manufacturing panel resigned: AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who said in a statement, "We can not sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism".
And General Electric said in a statement that it had "no tolerance for hate, bigotry or racism" while adding that Jeff Immelt, the company's chairman and recently retired chief executive, would also continue to advise the president.
Trump's statement calling out hate groups such as the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists hardly deterred the CEO from putting forward his resignation. But via Twitter Paul announced that he would resign, saying: "I'm resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it's the right thing for me to do".
"Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville", CEO Denise Morrison said. And if they do, are new CEOs going to be eager to step in?
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"We can not sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism".
Frazier, chief executive of Merck, is the latest CEO to resign from one of the president's advisory councils.
Like several other corporate leaders, Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, said that intolerance and racism have no place in USA society but that he meant to stay on the manufacturing council. Trump had originally condemned violence "on many sides" over the issue (a statement which drew rebukes from both Democrats and Republicans).
Merck chief executive Kenneth Frazier was the first to depart the council Monday, followed by Intel Corp. "Our company has long fostered an environment of acceptance and tolerance in the workplace", a company spokeswoman said.
Tesl and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who advocates clean energy, resigned from the manufacturing initiative and a separate economic advisory group in June after Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.
"While the AFL-CIO will remain a powerful voice for the freedoms of working people, there are real questions into the effectiveness of this council to deliver real policy that lifts working families".
Color of Change, a racial justice organization, has launched a campaign called #QuitTheCouncil.
Whirlpool will stay on the council.
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