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Trump ends manufacturing council after CEOs quit over Charlottesville remarks

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-08-17 09:39

Trump ends manufacturing council after CEOs quit over Charlottesville remarks

US President Donald Trump answers questions about his response to the events in Charlottesville as he talks to the media in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, US, August 15, 2017. [Photo/Agencies]

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was disbaning both the Manufacturing Council and Strategy and Policy Forum, as business leaders resigned from the council over his remarks on Charlottesville violence.

"Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!" Trump tweeted.

The decision was made after eight members of the Manufacturing Council resigned in the wake of Trump's remarks over the Charlottesville violence on the weekend, which placed blame on both sides of the clash.

Ken Frazier, the CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck, was the first to exit the Manufacturing Council on Monday, saying "America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy."

Trump retaliated minutes later on twitter, saying "now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"

But Trump's attacks on Frazier didn't stop others from distancing themselves from the council, as top executives of Intel, Under Armour, Alliance of American Manufacturing, AFL-CIO, and Campbell Soup have also resigned from the council.

The Manufacturing council was an advisory panel set up in January aimed at boosting jobs in the manufacturing sector.

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