America's leaders must honour our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all men are created equal.
The chief executives for Merck, Under Armour and Intel and now the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing have resigned from the informal panel. "In a moment like Charlottesville and particularly after the President treated the resignation of Mr. Frazier of Merck by blasting him, I think it probably unsettled a couple of these other executives", said Rove. "Promoting American manufacturing should not be a political issue", he wrote in the blog.
Mr Trump was criticised for saying "many sides" were involved in the weekend's Charlottesville violence, which left a woman dead and dozens injured after anti-fascist activists clashed with far-right supporters.
President Donald Trump says CEOs who have quit his White House council are "leaving out of embarrassment".
CEO Elon Musk in May resigned from the business council earlier this year, when Trump announced he would leave the Paris climate accords.
According to three executives with knowledge of the discussions, Trump's startling press conference Tuesday at Trump Tower spurred the members to talk about a response.
Le message de Pep Guardiola — Attentat de Barcelone
Il s'est présenté de lui-même au poste de police expliquant que ses papiers avaient été volés par son jeune frère, Moussa. Quatre ont été arrêtées, l'une est en fuite et cinq ont été tuées à Cambrils - dont trois sont désormais identifiées.
Richard Trumka, president of the largest federation of USA labor unions, the AFL-CIO, questioned the council's effectiveness and said the group was mulling leaving.
In response, Mr Trump tweeted that Mr Frazier would now have "more time to lower rip off drug prices". In February, former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was the first to quit Trump's business advisory council amid intense backlash after Trump first announced a travel ban that applied to people from mostly Muslim-majority countries.
"The reprehensible scenes of bigotry and hatred on display in Charlottesville over the weekend have no place in our society", Campbell said in the statement. Frazier in particular, as one of a very few Black company heads for Fortune 500 companies, said it was a "matter of personal conscience".
The defections were prompted by Trump's reaction to last weekend's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one woman dead and almost 20 others injured after a vehicle rammed into counter-protesters.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk resigned from the manufacturing council in June, and two other advisory groups to the president, after the USA withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.
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