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CEOs Quit Trump Council

Trump slammed the CEOs who left his presidential council as 'grandstanders'


Updated August 15, 2017 12:04 PM EDT

President Trump on Tuesday lashed out at business executives who have left his American Manufacturing Council.

"For every CEO that drops out out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place," he tweeted. "Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!"

Reuters reported Tuesday that Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul is the fourth businessman to resign from Trump's initiative.

Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel, announced his resignation late Monday, making him the third CEO to do so after last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing," he wrote in a blog post.

Trump has faced criticism this week for seeming reluctant to specifically condemn white nationalists involved in violence in Charlottesville last weekend.

One person died and 19 more were injured when a man with ties to white nationalists drove a car into protesters there.

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank resigned from President Donald Trump's business panel Monday.

"We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing," Plank said in a statement. "However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics."

Ken Frazier, the CEO of the pharmaceutical company Merck, stepped down from the council earlier in the day. Frazier cited Trump's failure to rebuke those who participated in the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as his reason for leaving.

"America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which runs counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal," Frazier tweeted on Monday.

Trump quickly fired back at Frazier, tweeting that he will now "have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"

Frazier was certainly not alone in criticizing Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville. Politicians from both sides of the aisle criticized the president for not specifically denouncing neo-Nazis, the KKK and other racists groups.

The Trump administration expanded upon the president's initial remarks Sunday afternoon by releasing a statement saying, "The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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