CEOs Of Merck, Under Armour And Intel Resign From Trump's Business Council


On Monday, after 48 hours of mounting pressure from all sides, Mr Trump finally condemned the white supremacists - but the delay sparked the resignation of his business team, and the damage has been significant.

Within minutes, Trump responded by bashing Frazier on Twitter.

Mr Trump has been criticised for quickly blasting Merck's chief executive Mr Frazier when he quit, while only initially blaming "many sides" for the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday that resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, a counter protester, who was allegedly mowed down by a vehicle driven by James Alex Fields Jr.

Still, most corporate leaders continue walking the narrow line, working with the Trump administration to help shape policies while aiming not to alienate customers and shareholders who oppose Trump.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator Lindsey Graham, former U.S. presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and others took aim at the remarks by Trump that worsened deep divisions within a Republican Party that controls both chambers of Congress and the White House.

Drugmakers have come under withering criticism for soaring prices in the US, including by Trump, though he has yet to act on a promise to contain them. "After careful consideration, I believe the initiative is no longer an effective vehicle for 3M to advance these goals".

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It was glaring that there weren't similar comments from those CEOs advising the president as members of various councils, said Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean for leadership studies at the Yale School of Management.

In the statement, Dimon confirmed press accounts that the policy forum had already agreed to disband prior to Trump's action.

Ms Hicks is White House director of strategic communications, and a near-constant presence at the president's side.

The president has often criticized the company and CEO Jeff Bezos (BAY'-zohs), who also owns The Washington Post.

"Thank you all!" the president added.

Former Democrat president Barack Obama quoted Nelson Mandela in a tweet about the Charlottesville violence that has become the most liked message in the history of Twitter.

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Though not as outspoken as the business leaders, some fellow Republican leaders are going after Trump forcefully, too.

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Wednesday that the president "took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally" and the people protesting against them. After the president warned Pyongyang of "fire and fury" last week, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military's priority was to support diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea.

The 28-year-old Hicks worked for the Trump Organization and was Trump's spokeswoman during the presidential campaign. She is White House director of strategic communications, and a near-constant presence at the president's side.

Trump had no public appearances on Wednesday, yet made his presence felt online.

Six business leaders have now resigned from the council, with some announcing their intentions on social media.

He also retweeted someone complimenting him on the stock market's gains and consumer confidence highs and wrote that Heather Heyer, the woman mowed down by a auto during the Charlottesville violence, was "beautiful and incredible".

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The mayor of Phoenix asked Trump to delay a rally planned for next Tuesday, an appeal the president appeared to reject.