"We must resign on behalf of America's working people, who reject all notions of legitimacy of these bigoted groups", Trumka and Lee said in a statement. However, he shocked many on Tuesday when he delivered an unscripted speech in NY that blamed the violence on more than the supremacy groups that convened in Charlottesville and said there were "nice" people on both sides.
The departures have come amid criticism of the president for not initially and specifically condemning neo-Nazis after a vehicle ran into a crowd of counter-protesters at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., killing one.
Even before Paul posted about his resignation on Twitter, the president beat him to the tweet, writing some 15 minutes earlier, "For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place". Grandstanders should not have gone on. "Today I am resigning from the Manufacturing Advisory Council".
Merck CEO Ken Frazier was first to leave the council, drawing the ire of Trump, who nearly immediately attacked him on Twitter over the pharmaceutical company and rising prices for medications.
The AFL-CIO endorsed Trump's election, but Trumka said it rejects that groups like the KKK, neo-Nazis or other hate groups can be legitimized.
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Thulin joins the CEOs of Under Armour, Merck and Intel in stepping down from the group, along with the head of the Alliance for American Manufacturing and two officials from the AFL-CIO.
Trump didn't appear overly fazed by the departures.
In a statement from Trumka given before Trump's latest remarks, the labor leader said his organization was clear in denouncing the recent violence that killed Heyer.
"The AFL-CIO has unequivocally denounced the actions of bigoted domestic terrorists in Charlottesville and called on the president to do the same", Trumka's statement said. We joined this council with the intent to be a voice for working people and real hope that it would result in positive economic policy, but it has become yet another broken promise on the President's record.