"It certainly appears to be a strategic maneuver from [Kevin] Plank [Under Armour CEO] and [Brian] Krzanich [Intel CEO] to announce their departure later in the evening when people are looking to relax and stray away from news updates", noted Kellan Terry, Brandwatch's PR data manager.
It took Trump just 54 minutes to respond, calling out Frazier among the legions of activists, celebrities and politicians from both parties expressing similar sentiments. Merck & Co Inc CEO Kenneth Frazier cited a need for leadership countering bigotry. Plank said in a statement.
President Donald Trump is back in the NY skyscraper that bears his name as the furor over his reaction to race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend shows few signs of dying down.Protesters on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue tried to spoil Trump's homecoming Monday night with signs bearing messages like "stop the hate, stop the lies" and chanting "shame, shame, shame" and "not my president!"
Trump's comments Tuesday, in which he unwound previous statements more strongly condemning the supremacy groups involved in the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests, were followed by the fifth and sixth business leaders stepping down from the manufacturing council: Richard Trumka and Thea Lea of the AFL-CIO.
Trump tweeted today, criticizing the business leaders who have announced they're leaving the council.
Trump earlier Tuesday called the CEOs leaving the manufacturing council "grandstanders" and boasted that he had "many to take their place".
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Trump's support also appeared to be slipping among key demographic groups that helped deliver him the three crucial states. The polls were taken from August 13-17, after Trump's initial response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
In an already tumultuous first year, the past few days have comprised one of the worst 48-hour periods of President Trump's time in office. One woman died and at least 19 people were injured after a driver with ties to white supremacists rammed his auto into counterprotesters. I resigned because I wanted to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them.
"I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have chose to step down from the council", Plank said in a statement on Twitter.
Sonnenfeld said he received emails from more than a dozen leading CEOs on Monday reacting to Frazier's statement - and especially Trump's broadside. Instead he said, "we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides".
Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has been urging tech companies to diversify, said in a statement that other CEOs must stand up, speak out and take principled and courageous action.
A White House official downplayed the importance of the manufacturing council and a separate policy and strategy forum featuring corporate leaders. Then, taking pains to insist "as I said on Saturday", Trump denounced the hate groups and called for unity.
At least seven companies or executives said that they would remain with the council, which was formed in January to advise Trump on manufacturing growth - a focus of the president's campaign.