Alliance for American Manufacturing president Scott Paul has become the fourth business leader to quit President Trump’s council on manufacturing jobs. He did so on Tuesday in wake of the president’s criticized response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.
“I’m resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it’s the right thing for me to do,” Paul wrote on Twitter.
Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Merck CEO Ken Frazier also resigned on Monday.
Plank, Krzanich and Frazier stepped away from the White House because Trump failed to immediately condemn white supremacists in his initial response to the weekend’s chaos that left one woman dead. Scott did not immediately explain why he feels leaving the council is the “right thing” to do.
On Monday, Frazier wrote on Twitter that: “America’s leaders must honor our fundamental views by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal.”
Groups of white nationalists descended on Charlottesville over the weekend to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, and were met by counter-protesters, leading to violence that began Friday night.
Unrest intensified on Saturday, as a vehicle plowed into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally, killing Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal from Virginia, and injuring 19 others. More than 30 were hurt in total as a result of events at the rally.
The council’s remaining members include Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris, Harris CEO Bill Brown, Dell CEO Michael Dell, Johnson & Jonson CEO Akex Gorsky, GE CEO Jeff Immelt, Campbell Soup CEODenise Morrison, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, Caperpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman and Corning CEO Wendell Weeks.
Boeing spokesman John Dern told Chicago Business that Muilenberg would continue to serve on the council because “staying engaged with business leaders and policy makers on the council is important to make progress on issues important to our company and the country.”
16 'Morning Joe' Trump Insults That Got Personal, From 'Schmuck' to 'Jackass' (Photos)
President Trump recently received a ton of criticism for sending out a pair of tweets about MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts “Psycho” Joe Scarborough and “low I.Q. Crazy” Mika Brzezinski.
“She was bleeding badly from a face-lift,” he wrote of an encounter with Brzezinski he claims he had in Florida weeks before his inauguration.
While nothing can justify the president mocking a woman's appearance, the "Morning Joe" duo have been attacking Trump for months.
Check out 16 recent times the MSNBC stars said something that Trump could have taken personally.
They compared him to Kim Jong-un
“This is unprecedented, to have a president who behaves this way,” Brzezinski said on June 23. “It does feel like a developing dictatorship."
Brzezinski said what Bill Clinton was to sex, Trump is to "decency"
"What Bill Clinton did to the issue of sex to an entire generation, I believe this president is doing on issues of decency, on issues of conspiracy theories, on issues of fake news," Brzezinski said in June 15. "I think it's that simple and we're desensitized if we even argue it."
"If the president seems delusional about his accomplishments, you can point no further than that room," Brzezinski said in June 14. "There are no real men in the inner circle of the White House... none at all."
“Donald Trump, again, being a schmuck, thinking he can buy people’s integrity by inviting them over to the White House and wowing them,” Scarborough said on June 7 when discussing a dinner party at the White House. “That’s how he thinks. I know that first hand.”
Scarborough said Trump “is not a sane, rational human being”
“If any CEO, in a Fortune 500 company, was behaving this way, he or she would be removed immediately… they would take him out, he would have psychiatric evaluation and he would no longer be the CEO,” Scarborough said on June 6.
Scarborough called Trump a “bumbling dope” on May 11 because of the way a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister was handled.
“Looking at the front pages of the newspapers here… The Wall Street Journal also, you look, of course, at pictures. The shameful picture where the United States press corps was kept out but the Russians were allowed in,” Scarborough said while holding up the paper.
Scarborough slammed Trump on March 31, saying that Russians are lucky that POTUS is “stupid enough” to pick up their fake news.
“We’re obsessed on how the Russians have hacked, how the Russians have tried to impact this, how the Russians have tried to impact the White House,” Scarborough said. “We’re really just playing into their hands.”