IBM Chief Executive Officer Ginni Rometty, who had been a member of U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy and policy advisory group, said the panel was dissolved Wednesday after members determined that it could "no longer serve the objective for which it was formed".
The breakup, announced by business leaders in a statement today, comes during a time of even more controversy than usual for the president.
While Trump spoke out against racist groups on Monday, he doubled down on his initial remarks that suggested both white supremacists and counter protesters were violent over the weekend. "The past few months have provided me with an opportunity to reflect upon my commitment to these values", Thulin said in a statement released by the company.
After a discussion among a dozen prominent C.E.O.s, the decision was made to abandon the group altogether, said people with knowledge of the details of the call.
"Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville", she said.
"Following yesterday's remarks from the president, I can not remain on the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative", Morrison said in a statement.
According to The Wall Street Journal, it was actually the CEOs who opted to break up the strategy and policy forum, not Trump.
During this period, several corporate bosses resigned from Trump's American Manufacturing Council. It is a leader's role, in business or government, to bring people together, not tear them apart.
That remark sparked backlash from both Democrats and Republicans.
A suspected Nazi sympathizer then plowed his vehicle into a crowd of anti-racism protesters, leaving one woman dead and 19 others injured.
"For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place".
Walmart CEO, Doug McMillon, a member of a separate council, Trump's advisory council on economic development, also criticized the president Tuesday.
I strongly disagree with President Trump's reaction to the events that took place in Charlottesville over the past several days.