Trump blasts CEOs who quit advisory panels as "grandstanders"

Kenneth Frazier the CEO of Merck said he was stepping down as a matter of personal conscience. He's seen here with President Trump during a White House event in July

Kenneth Frazier the CEO of Merck said he was stepping down as a matter of personal conscience. He's seen here with President Trump during a White House event in July

In his initial remarks on the violence Saturday, Trump did not single out the groups and instead bemoaned violence on "many sides".

Krzanich's resignation was preceded by the resignation of two other members the same day; chief executive of pharmaceutical firm Merck Ken Frazier, and the chief executive of sports brand Under Armour Kevin Plank.

"America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy", said Frazier, who is black.

Trump amended his statement at a press conference Monday at the White House, but it seems the damage was done.

However, he did not personally denounce neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists by name until about 48 hours after the rally and a few hours after Mr. Frazier announced his resignation on Monday.

Trump returned to a White House undergoing a major renovation. Critics, including Republicans in his own party, said he should directly condemn the groups by name.

Trump briefly waved as he walked alone into the building, which is under renovation.

Trump, as a presidential candidate, frequently came under scrutiny for being slow to offer condemnation of white supremacists.

The outrage over Trump's reaction to the Charlottesville violence added to a litany of problems for the president.

Though the Daily Stormer did not criticize Trump's new statement, the Occidental Dissent, a white nationalist website, published a message saying whites had been "deserted by their president".

Disney CEO Bob Iger similarly quit the business advisory council, and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein used his first-ever tweet to slam Trump's Paris decision.

President Donald Trump lashed out nearly immediately Monday at Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier on Twitter, saying Frazier "will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"

One person was killed in the Virginia protests after a auto slammed into a crowd.

McMillon indicated he would continue to be part of the group, just as several members of the manufacturing council have done while decrying the violence.

"The AFL-CIO has unequivocally denounced the actions of bigoted domestic terrorists in Charlottesville and called on the president to do the same", Trumka said in a statement.

Sessions said the Justice Department is pursuing the case "in every way". "We should honour - not attack - those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values".

The political PAC maintained by Merck and funded through donations from Merck employees made over $1.1 million in candidate contributions during the 2016 campaign - but did not contribute to Trump or his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, according to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission. Trump referenced violence "on many sides". "He is appalled by this".

But Trump had been criticized for not explicitly condemning white supremacists after violent clashes with counter-protestors turned deadly in the Virginia college town Saturday.

The White House tried to stem the damage on Sunday. Senior aides were dispatched to the morning news shows, yet they struggled at times to explain the president's position.

In February, he stood next to the president in the White House to announce a $7 billion investment in a new US factory.

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