US President Donald Trump sparked another political firestorm on Wednesday when he doubled down on his initial response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that ended in bloodshed, saying there was "blame on both sides".
Mr Trump announced the disbanding of his two councils - the Strategy & Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Council, which hosted numerous top corporate leaders in America - amid a growing uproar by chief executives furious over his decision to equate the actions of white supremacists with those of protesters.
"I do think there's blame on both sides", the President went on to say, equating antifa with rightwing extremists. Merck Chairman and CEO Kenneth Frazier stepped down from the Manufacturing Council Monday, and the CEOs of Under Armour, Intel, 3M, Campbell Soup, AFL-CIO and the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing followed suit.
Meanwhile, Trump has shut down his Manufacturing Council and Strategy and Policy Forum after seven chief executive officers quit the board in protest over his Charlottesville remarks.
After the resignation of two more members of his American Manufacturing Council, President Donald J. Trump announced on Wednesday afternoon that he has disbanded the council. It was led by Blackstone chief executive Stephen Schwarzman.
"The Democrats", he said, "the longer they talk about identity politics, I got 'em". The memo is Dimon's second note to staff regarding Charlottesville.
"America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms", Bush Snr and Jnr said in a statement. The equal treatment of all people is one of our nation's bedrock principles. "If you can't distinguish between good and evil, you have to check your morals as a human being".
As a company and for all business in general, it is critical that we help develop rational, intelligent policies to help expand opportunities for all of our citizens.
White nationalists; militia movements; anti-Muslim attackers; IRS building and abortion clinic bombers; and other right-wing groups were responsible for 12 times as many fatalities and 36 times as many injuries as communists; socialists; animal rights and environmental activists; anti-white- and Black Lives Matter-inspired attackers; and other left-wing groups. Cutting taxes was supposed to be the signature part of Trump's economic agenda to bump up growth and create more jobs. But fanning divisiveness is not the answer. It is a leader's role, in business or government, to bring people together, not tear them apart.
The Strategic and Policy Forum was meant to advise Trump on how government policy impacts economic growth, job creation and productivity. Following the termination of the forum, Dr. Cosgrove posted the group's statement on LinkedIn and said he is still committed to improving healthcare. "For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place". And I stand with the president.