Trump disbands business councils as CEOs flee after Charlottesville remarks


As the new White House chief of staff, John Kelly routes all calls to and from President Trump through the White House switchboard, where he can sign off on them.

Trump says some of the facts about the deadly violence in Charlottesville still aren't known.

Scaramucci posted a tweet roughly paraphrasing a line from President Ronald Reagan's 1983 "evil empire" speech.

Brittani Asphall told CBC Toronto she disagrees with Trump's assertion that both sides were equally responsible for violence in Charlottesville but said Canadians shouldn't feel superior to Americans when it comes to race relations.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday returned to his original response to racist violence in the Virginia town of Charlottesville last week, by suggesting moral parity between white supremacist groups and those oppose their agenda. By Tuesday, however, Trump swiftly retreated from those statements with an explosive press conference that all but defended the white nationalist groups who were protesting the removal of a Confederate memorial honoring Robert E. Lee. Trump shot back promptly on Twitter: "Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!".

Trump has been assailed in recent days for what many view as sympathetic comments toward the far right. "I think there's blame on both sides". "Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK Neo-Nazi and all extremist groups". Later that afternoon, an individual who participated in the rally with the fascist group Vanguard America sped his vehicle into a group of counter protestors, injuring 19 people and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Others who chose to stick with the councils cited the need to stay engaged with the White House to make meaningful changes.

When white supremacist David Duke is about your only vocal public supporter, Mr. President, you have a big problem.

The president blamed the violence, which saw a woman get killed after a vehicle plowed into a group of anti-racism protesters, not only on white nationalists but also on anti-racism activists who opposed them. "As chairwoman, you bear a responsibility not just to reject hateful ideology generally, but to hold accountable the individuals in your party who have allowed that ideology to flourish".

The Strategic and Policy Forum and the White House Manufacturing Jobs Initiative were both dissolved as corporate leaders continued to resign.

Ms May has been widely criticised by political opponents in Britain for her efforts to cultivate close ties with Mr Trump since he took office in January.