"Three chief executives from top American companies resigned from a presidential business council on Monday following President Trump’s response to a violent weekend in Charlottesville, Va. #BrianKrzanich, C.E.O. of #Intel — one of the most important global manufacturers of computer chips — announced his departure from President Trump’s advisory council on manufacturing.
The decision followed similar moves from #KennethCFrazier, the chief executive of drugmaker #Merck, who was the first executive to leave the advisory group on Monday, and #KevinPlank, the founder and chief executive of athletic apparel maker #UnderArmour, who also announced his decision on Monday. Taken together, the executives’ decisions are the business community’s strongest rebuke to date of a president who has courted controversy for his entire career. "Any time someone stands up and does something brave, rather than wimping out, sure, there is a risk,” said Thomas R. Cech, a Merck board member. “You put your name and your company’s name in the spotlight, and people who don’t like what you did can find ways to try to retaliate." Over the course of the day, several top executives made statements denouncing racism and bigotry generally, although few went as far as Mr. Frazier, Mr. Plank or Mr. Krzanich. When Trump moved to adopt stringent new immigration rules, #TravisKalanick, the chief executive of #Uber at the time, quit the president’s economic advisory council. And after the president said he would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, #ElonMusk, #Tesla chief executive, and #RobertAIger, #Disney chief, stepped down from the president’s Strategic and Policy Forum. “I don’t think when corporate leaders sat on councils and commissions in the Bush or Obama administration, that they were in some way worried that their public reputations were affected by that service, one way or the other". "It’s not surprising to me, that we saw a corporate leader say, ‘I know what happened over the weekend had nothing to do with manufacturing or pharmaceuticals, but I don’t want to be associated with it in any way." 👏🏽🙌🏽❤️ (via @nytimes)