In response to Donald Trump’s controversial response to the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, in which he denounced the actions of “both sides,” eight members resigned from the American Manufacturing Council in two days. A ninth member resigned after Trump tweeted boasting that he could replace any CEO that resigned, and referred to the CEOs who had resigned as “grandstanders.”
The Manufacturing Council was created by Trump and served as an advisory group of American CEOs. Originally, the group had 28 members; however, the Charlottesville rally is not the first event that caused CEOs to resign in protest. The CEO of Tesla resigned from the Council after Trump removed the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord. Other CEOs that have resigned include the CEOs of Johnson & Johnson, Under Armour, and Campbell’s Soup.
The amount of CEOs who have resigned has damaged the Council beyond repair, causing the president to put an end to the Council he began.