Trump disbands two White House business councils, amid criticism from CEOs for remarks on Charlottesville protest.
CEOs have been resigning since Saturday, when Trump blamed both sides for the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and counterprotesters. The resignation accelerated after Trump on Tuesday again blamed “both sides.”
Trump says on Twitter that “rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!”
The most recent CEO to step down from one of the two advisory boards came this morning from Denise Morrison, the CEO of Campbell Soup, based in Camden, New Jersey. Morrison in a statement said: “Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville. I believe the president should have been — and still needs to be — unambiguous on that point.”