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CEOs exit Trump's council over reaction to violence

Aug 15, 2017, 7:23 AM EDT
A woman died after a car plowed into a crowd protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
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The CEOs of Intel, Under Armour, and Merck stepped down as members of U.S. President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council amid mounting pressure to take a stand against racism and extremism following deadly violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump drew sharp criticism from across the political spectrum after he failed to explicitly denounce white supremacists in his initial response to the incident, writes the BBC.

Brian Krzanich, the CEO of technology company Intel, said that he quit so as to underscore the adverse impact of “a divided political climate” on American manufacturing while Under Armour head Kevin Plank explained that he was stepping down to “inspire and unite” the country through power of sport, notes The Guardian.