President Donald Trump is on the offensive yet again, this time after various corporate executives in the U.S. abandoned his manufacturing council in protest of the POTUS’ response to the deadly attacks in Charlottesville.
“For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. His message was sent after the CEOs from Merck, Under Armour, and Intel resigned.
The President’s tweet ended with a capitalized: “JOBS!”
It wasn’t just American CEOs who resigned, Scott Paul, also announced on Twitter that he was leaving. Paul is the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.
I'm resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it's the right thing for me to do.
— Scott Paul (@ScottPaulAAM) August 15, 2017
Trump initially tweeted that violence from “many sides” needed to stop, a tweet that angered many people on the left and right because it failed to condemn the violence actions of Alt-Right protectors which led to the death of one innocent bystander and two police officers who died in a helicopter crash. 19 people were injured and one person died after a vehicle driven by a member of the white supremacist movement intentionally plowed through a crowd of people.
This isn’t the first time that members of the council have resigned, Elon Musk left in June after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.
Members still left on the council say they are walking a tightrope act as they attempt to shape U.S. manufacturing policies that will better the country’s position against foreign powers while fighting off constant policy changes they disagree with and that are being issued by Trump and his GOP counterparts.
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