Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich has become the third top business leader to leave President Trump’s manufacturing council on Monday.
This was after the CEO’s of Merck & Co Inc, Kenneth Fraizer, and Under Armour Inc, Kevin Plank, announced their decisions earlier on Monday to leave the council.
After the white nationalist rally turned deadly on Saturday, Trump initially said that many sides were to blame.
In a statement by POTUS, Donald Trump on Monday, he denounced neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as criminals and thugs, bowing to mounting political pressure as critics assailed him for not singling out white supremacists.
In a blog post, Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich wrote, “Earlier today, I tendered my resignation from the American Manufacturing Council. 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. Politics and political agendas have sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America’s manufacturing base.”
He went further to say that he already made clear his abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville.
“Earlier today, I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence.”
Brian said he resigned because he wants to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them and that he is willing to serve again when things change.
“We should honor – not attack – those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does.”
Similarly, the CEO of Under Armour, Kevin Plank, announced his resignation from the council online. He did this in a tweet he sent to Twitter. “I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport.” said Plank.
We are saddened by #Charlottesville. There is no place for racism or discrimination in this world. We choose love & unity. – CEO Kevin Plank
— Under Armour (@UnderArmour) August 14, 2017
I love our country & company. I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport. – CEO Kevin Plank pic.twitter.com/8YvndJMjj1
— Under Armour (@UnderArmour) August 15, 2017
On the other hand, the chief executive officer of Merck & Co Inc, Kenneth Fraizer, said he left the advisory council because of the president’s reaction after the violence between white supremacists and counter protesters.