Reaction after Merck CEO resigns from manufacturing council

Merck & Co. CEO Ken Frazier listens to U.S. President Donald Trump speak during a meeting with manufacturing CEOs at the White House

The chairman and CEO of American pharmaceutical giant Merck announced Monday that he was resigning from President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council "as a matter of personal conscience" in the wake of a deadly vehicle attack on protesters in Virginia over the weekend.

"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.

He said: "We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing".

Frazier did not specifically mention Trump's statements about the deadly Charlottesville, Va., clashes but said he is taking a stand against intolerance as a "matter of personal conscience".

Trump tweeted that at least Frazier will now "have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"

In June, Disney CEO Robert Iger and Tesla CEO Elon Musk quit another White House business advisory council over Trump's decision to withdraw the USA from a global climate-change treaty, called the Paris Agreement.

Brian Krzanich's resignation comes after Saturday's violent confrontation between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The head of the AFL-CIO has stepped down from the White House's manufacturing council after President Trump doubled down on his position that violence in Charlottesville was perpetrated by many sides at a press conference Tuesday.

Paul announced Tuesday morning on Twitter that he is "resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it's the right thing for me to do".

In contrast with his laconic response to the attack, Trump instantly jumped on Frazier's statement.

"Earlier today, I tendered my resignation from the American Manufacturing Council".

Following two days of criticism, Trump on Monday called out the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as "evil" and "hate groups" that are "repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans".

Kevin Plank, the chief executive of Under Armour Inc.'s issued a more vague statement about his decision.

It's hard not to appreciate the irony: Merck's CEO resigned because Trump wouldn't denounce white supremacists.

"I am appreciative for the opportunity to have served, but have chose to step down from the council".

Former Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick left the President's business advisory council in February amid pressure from his company over the Trump administration's immigration policies.

"From his anti-American proposal to ban Muslims to his horrendous comments about women and immigrants, Trump is running on hate", he said in a speech in March 2016.

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