Intel CEO leaves Trump’s council following Charlottesville Presidential response
Executive joins a growing list of CEOs who have left the American Manufacturing Council including Elon Musk who left the group after Trump rejected the Paris Climate Agreement.
Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, has become the latest executive to walk out from President Donald Trump’s council following the president’s inability to condemn the white supremacist and neo-Nazi attack during a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The attack resulted in the death of a 32-year-old woman and left several members of the public injured.
Trump has had to face criticism for not denouncing directly the far-right demonstrators.
Also criticizing the Trump’s administration response was Krzanich who spoke of the “recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville”.
The Intel executive’s exit from the Trump’s American Manufacturing Council was preceded by Under Armour’s CEO Kevin Plank and Merck’s CEO Kenneth Frazier.
In a statement, Krzanich said: “Earlier today, I tendered my resignation from the American Manufacturing Council. I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing.
“Politics and political agendas have sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America’s manufacturing base.
“I have already made clear my abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville, and earlier today I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence.
“I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them.
“We should honour – not attack – those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does.
“My request—my plea—to everyone involved in our political system is this: set scoring political points aside and focus on what is best for the nation as a whole.
“The current environment must change, or else our nation will become a shadow of what it once was and what it still can and should be.”