President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at the CEOs who resigned from his American Manufacturing Council, calling them “grandstanders” and added that many others can fill their places.
The president slammed the executives on Twitter for their departure from the council in protest over they what they called “insufficient” response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday.
He wrote, “For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!”
Since Monday morning, four business leaders have resigned from Trump’s manufacturing council including Scott Paul, president of the Alliance of American Manufacturing; Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour; Kenneth Frazier, CEO of major pharmaceutical company Merck; and Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel.
Later on Tuesday, Trump escalated his feud with the business leaders who have left, saying “they are not taking their job seriously” and they lack the commitment to boost U.S. manufacturing.
“We want products made in the country,” Trump said in a news conference at Trump Tower. “I have to tell you, some of the folks that will leave, they’re leaving out of embarrassment, because they made their products outside.”
Allen B. West reports:
If anything, these resignations are likely the result of the ongoing effort by anti-Trump groups to pressure as many as possible to disassociate themselves from all things Trump — an effort that has already seen results ranging from buildings removing the Trump name, to retailers like Macy’s no longer carrying Ivanka Trump’s fashion line.