President Donald Trump disbanded his two business councils on Wednesday after a wave of departures from the manufacturing council and a plan to disband his strategy and policy group.
Executives started resigning from Trump’s manufacturing council on Monday after the president initially failed to explicitly denounce white nationalists who protested in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.
Here’s are all the CEOs and leaders who decided to leave the council because of Trump’s response.
Plank left on Monday night, even after the president came out with a more explicit statement on Charlottesville that condemned white supremacists.
'I joined the American Manufacturing Council because I believed it was important for Under Armour to have an active seat at the table and represent our industry,' Plank said in a statement. 'We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing. However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.'
Krzanich announced his departure from the council late Monday night. 'I am not a politician,' Krzanich said in a statement. 'I am an engineer who has spent most of his career working in factories that manufacture the world's most advanced devices. Yet, it is clear even to me that nearly every issue is now politicized to the point where significant progress is impossible. Promoting American manufacturing should not be a political issue.'
Thulin announced his decision to step down from the council on Wednesday.
'I joined the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative in January to advocate for policies that align with our values and encourage even stronger investment and job growth -- in order to make the United States stronger, healthier and more prosperous for all people,' Thulin said in a statement. 'After careful consideration, I believe the initiative is no longer an effective vehicle for 3M to advance these goals.'
Hayes announced his decision to leave the council shortly after Trump disbanded it.
'UTC strongly supports the goals of each of these advisory committees as a way of ensuring and enhancing America's economic growth in the decades to come,' Hayes said in a statement. 'However, as the events of the last week have unfolded here in the U.S., it is clear that we need to collectively stand together and denounce the politics of hate, intolerance and racism. The values that are the cornerstone of our culture: tolerance, diversity, empathy and trust, must be reaffirmed by our actions every day.'
Immelt had originally said he would remain on the council, but on Wednesday morning he issued his resignation to the council.
'GE has no tolerance for hate, bigotry, racism, and the white supremacist extremism that the country witnessed in Charlottesville last weekend,' Immelt said in a statement that came out Wednesday afternoon.
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