5th executive leaves Trump's manufacturing council in aftermath of Charlottesville

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AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka on Tuesday became the fifth member of President Trump's manufacturing council to resign, saying he had to step down on behalf of "America's working people".

Trump returned to blaming "both sides", apparently meaning white supremacist and radical leftist groups, for the violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., which left one woman dead from an attack by a auto allegedly driven by a white supremacist. "President Trump's remarks today repudiate his forced remarks yesterday about the KKK and neo-Nazis".

Within minutes, Trump responded by bashing Frazier on Twitter.

Kenneth Frazier of Merck, Kevin Plank of Under Armour and Brian Krzanich of Intel all left the group on Monday.

-1:14 p.m.: Trump tweets, announcing he was dissolving both the manufacturing council and economic advisory council: "Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both".

He was summarily criticized for not directly condemning white supremacy and extremist groups.

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Thea Lee, an economist and former deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO, also resigned from the council.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt-right?" Monday was the first time Trump had specifically called.

Plank said on Monday night that Under Armour "engages in innovation and sports, not politics".

Holy shit. Trump actually brought together the unions and Wal-Mart, whose CEO Doug McMillon said earlier today that 45 "missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting the appalling actions of white supremacists". He said he would "continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion". The group, which Trump established in January with about two dozen members, is supposed to meet occasionally to offer the president advice on job growth. "I think they do".

Mr. Trump said on Wednesday that he was disbanding two such committees - the Strategic and Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative - after members of the forum had decided in a conference call to dissolve the group and several executives had resigned from the manufacturing initiative.

These executives took an important stand and did so knowing that Mr. Trump might lash out at them as he did with Mr. Frazier, who is one of the few black chief executives of Fortune 500 companies. But it added that chairman Jeff Immelt would stay on the council because it was important for GE to "participate in the discussion on how to drive growth and productivity in the U.S".

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