Trump blasts CEOs who quit White House panel

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned from President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council on Monday saying he was taking a stand against intolerance and extremism

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"We can not sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism", the statement said in part. The group, which Trump established in January with about two dozen members, is supposed to meet occasionally to offer the president advice on job growth.

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".

Thea Lee, former deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO, also departed the council with Trumka.

The aftermath of the violence at a neo-Nazi and white nationalist rally represents the latest break between Trump, who sold himself as a businessman president, and leaders of corporate America. Under Armour chief executive Kevin Plant and Intel Corp.'s top brass, Brian Krzanich, soon followed, as did Scott Paul, who heads the Alliance for American Manufacturing.

Six business leaders have now resigned from Trump's manufacturing council since the weekend.

Trump returned to blaming "both sides", apparently meaning white supremacist and radical leftist groups, for the violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., which left one woman dead from an attack by a vehicle allegedly driven by a white supremacist.

The statement came less than an hour after Trump, speaking from his Fifth Ave. skyscraper in NY, drew shocked reactions when he said the groups protesting white-supremacists in Virginia on Saturday were "also very violent".

"In the face of such ignorance and malice, " the organization said in a statement, "all of us must speak out and show unwavering resolve that makes it clear that all Americans are entitled to the same rights and protections". But remaining on the council would lead many allies and union members to wonder why a handful of CEOs took a stronger stand against Trump than organized labor's premiere federation did.

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"America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal, " Frazier said in a statement.

"They're not taking their job seriously as it pertains to this country", Trump said during a fiery news conference at Trump Tower.

In remarks Tuesday in New York City, Trump seemed to defend some people marching with white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Plank said on Monday night that Under Armour "engages in innovation and sports, not politics".

-2 p.m.: General Electric's Jeff Immelt issues a statement on his decision to leave the council.

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Elon Musk was the first CEO to resign from Trump's board.

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