Palling around with Ex-KGB members & Nazis = Strategy?
Steve’s breakdown: We don’t like to get political but the President is making it real easy. If soviet spies & nazis are on your Bozo-no-no list, you might want to pitch that as a strategy to every client on the planet. Bailing on the Prez is in vogue so you might as well make a few bucks off of it.
EVERYWHERE, USA: Another member of President Donald Trump’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative council resigned Tuesday evening. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said he could no longer remain on the council.
“I cannot sit on a council for a President that tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism; I resign, effective immediately,” Trumka said on Twitter.
Earlier Tuesday, Scott Paul, the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing said in a tweet, “I’m resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it’s the right thing for me to do.”
The latest resignations bring to five the number of business and labor leaders who have quit presidential councils since Trump came under fire for taking two days to specifically denounce the actions of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Merck CEO Ken Frazier was the first to step down Monday. In less than an hour, the president attacked the African-American executive on Twitter, calling Merck “a leader in higher & higher drug prices while at the same time taking jobs out of the U.S. Bring jobs back & LOWER PRICES!”
By the end of Monday, Under Armour founder and chief executive Kevin Plank and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich had resigned.
However, leaders of Michigan-based companies have no plans to quit.
Dow Chemical Co. said Tuesday that CEO Andrew Liveris will remain on the president’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative council, which Liveris helped organize. Whirlpool Corp. Chairman Jeff Fettig also will remain.
General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra’s is a member of a separate Trump business advisory group, the Strategic and Policy Forum. Her participation in that forum will not change, a company spokesman said Tuesday.
Late Tuesday morning, Trump lashed out at the defections on Twitter, saying: “For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!”