Trump mocks exec for quitting advisory council over racism

Merck CEO Ditches Trump After Violence in Charlottesville

Merck CEO Ditches Trump After Violence in Charlottesville

"And as I have said many times before: No matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws, we all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God".

"Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum".

Alliance president Scott Paul, in a tweet, said simply, "I'm resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it's the right thing for me to do".

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The decision came after critics questioned Trump's decision not to call out white supremacists in a statement condemning the violence that erupted Saturday.

Like several other corporate leaders, Alex Gorsky, chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson, said that intolerance and racism have no place in US society but that he meant to stay on the manufacturing council.

Trump mocked the executive nearly immediately following the resignation, saying on Twitter that Frazier will now "have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at the CEO of the nation's third-largest pharmaceutical company after he resigned from a federal advisory council, citing the president's failure to immediately and explicitly rebuke the white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville, Virginia. As we said in our previous statement, the president's remarks yesterday equating those who are motivated by race-based hate with those who stand up against hatred were unacceptable,"Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) said in a statement Wednesday afternoon".

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier wrote on Twitter Monday that "America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which runs counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal".

"Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics", he said in a statement. Trump's June 1 decision to leave the Paris climate accord led Tesla CEO Elon Musk to step down from the manufacturing panel as well as a separate business advisory council. At the time, the White House hailed the council, including Frazier, as "some of the world's most successful and creative business leaders". Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger resigned for the same reason from the President's Strategic and Policy Forum. They included CEOs of several major corporations and the AFL-CIO, among others.

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