A day after stating on Twitter that he had many CEOs to replace those who were leaving the American Manufacturing Council, President Donald Trump announced on the same social media platform today that he is putting an end to the council altogether.
"I notified members of the council this morning that I could no longer serve on the President's Committee on American Manufacturing", Immelt said in a statement to CNNMoney. "JOBS!" The Associated Press reports neither Trump nor the White House has said who the possible replacements are.
Scott Paul, the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, said in a tweet that he was resigning from the panel "because it's the right thing to do".
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said Monday he was resigning from President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council, becoming the latest executive to leave the body in the wake of the tragedy in Virginia. "I resigned because I want to make progress". The rally ended in tragedy when a man drove a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one woman and injuring 19 others. In the past, the leaders of Disney and Tesla have stepped down to protest the president's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. He dismissed Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, who criticized Trump's initial response to Charlottesville, as a "very nice guy" who "was making a political statement". Perceived support of Trump by Krzanich was somewhat confusing because Intel is loud and proud about its workplace-diversity efforts, while Trump's campaign rhetoric included divisive attacks on Mexicans, Muslims and more. A Walmart spokesperson told the Times that McMillon will remain on Trump's presidential advisory council on economic development. Immelt was one of the executives on the manufacturing council who had earlier this week said he would stay. Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armor, announced that he was "stepping down" from the America Manufacturing Council with a vague statement on Twitter.
Authorities said Heyer, 32, was killed when Fields' vehicle slammed into a crowd of antiracism activists confronting neo-Nazis and KKK sympathisers, capping a day of bloody street brawls between the two sides in the Virginia town.
"Every member of Mr Trump's advisory councils should wrestle with his or her conscience and ponder Edmund Burke's famous warning that 'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing, '" Summers wrote. The president was already under fire for failing to quickly condemn white supremacy after Saturday's Charlottesville rally.
At the White House event, Trump introduced Krzanich as the CEO of a "great, great company".
The big question for biopharma now was whether Trump, who's gone dead silent on the issue of drug pricing - until yesterday - would rip back into the industry after being angered by Frazier, one of the few black CEOs in the Fortune 500.