Just minutes after President Trump launched a Twitter attack targeting the CEOs who resigned from his American Manufacturing Council, the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing announced that he was also resigning from the council, calling it “the right thing for me to do.”
“I’m resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it’s the right thing for me to do,” Paul tweeted late Tuesday morning.
I'm resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it's the right thing for me to do.
— Scott Paul (@ScottPaulAAM) August 15, 2017
Paul joins Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of major pharmaceutical company Merck; Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour; and Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel, who all resigned from the president’s council on Monday in the wake of Trump’s delayed and unspecific condemnation of the white nationalist who intentionally drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, resigned from the council earlier this year after Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
“Politics and political agendas have sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America’s manufacturing base,” Krzanich wrote in a blog post Monday. “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.”
Trump fired back at the executives who left, threatening to fill their vacancies with other CEOs.
“For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!” Trump tweeted, moments before Paul announced his decision.
For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2017
On Monday, Trump launched an attack on the African-American chairman and CEO of drug manufacturer Merck after he abruptly resigned from the president’s council.
Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier said he was leaving the president’s council because U.S. leaders must “clearly reject expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.”
“Our country’s strength stems from its diversity and the contributions made by men and women of different faiths, races, sexual orientations and political beliefs,” Frazier said in a statement that did not mention Trump by name.
“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,” he continued.
“As CEO of Merck, and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”
Trump took to Twitter to attack the CEO, saying Merck would “have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”
Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017