President Disbands Advisory Councils after 3M CEO, Others Leave

August 16, 2017 07:39 PM

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The 3M CEO said Wednesday he would step down from President Donald Trump's manufacturing council of business leaders, according to a statement released via Twitter.

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Inge Thulin's departure brings the number of business leaders who have resigned from the president's American Manufacturing Council to 11 following Trump's response to the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"I joined the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative in January to advocate for policies that align with our values and encourage even stronger investment and job growth – in order to make the United States stronger, healthier and more prosperous for all people," Thulin wrote in the statement. "After careful consideration, I believe the initiative is no longer an effective vehicle for 3M to advance these goals. As a result, today I am resigning from the (council)."

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The announcement 3M's CEO was leaving, was followed by the President announcing he is ending a pair of advisory business councils in the latest fallout over his remarks about the Charlottesville protests.

"Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!" Trump tweeted in a face-saving effort from his home at Trump Tower. He was to depart New York later Wednesday to return to his New Jersey golf club.

CEOs began announcing their resignations after Trump's first comments about the violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and counter-protesters. The resignations accelerated after he re-emphasized his earlier remarks and on Tuesday blamed "both sides" for the series of events that led to the death of a 32-year-old Charlottesville woman.

Standing in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday, Trump acknowledged that there were "some very bad people" among those who gathered to protest Saturday. But he added: "You also had people that were very fine people, on both sides."

Trump's remarks were widely criticized in Washington and around the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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