More names join Trump’s list of dearly and not so dearly departed

By Laurie Bennett

August 14, 2017 at 11:34am

Merck chairman and CEO Kenneth Frazier is resigning from the Donald Trump’s manufacturing council because of the president’s failure to condemn white supremacists and their actions in Charlottesville, VA.

Frazier’s action followed Trump’s comment Saturday about “many sides” being responsible for the violence.

“Our country’s strength stems from its diversity and the contributions made by men and women of different faiths, races, sexual orientations and political beliefs,” Frazier said, in an announcement that did not name Trump.

“America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” he said. “As CEO of Merck, and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”

Trump responded with two snarky tweets:

Frazier is not the first business leader to resign from a Trump advisory council. Tesla’s Elon Musk and Disney’s Robert Iger vacated posts in June, after Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord.

Uber founder Travis Kalanick quit the president’s Strategic and Policy Forum in February after Trump issued an immigration order blocking refugees and citizens of seven countries with Muslim majorities. (Kalanick’s participation in the forum was just one of the issues stirring discontent among employees and shareholders. He resigned as Uber CEO in June.)

The interactive Muckety map above shows people who left the Trump administration and/or campaign - willingly or not.

The most controversial firings include Sally Yates as acting attorney general, James Comey as FBI director and Michael Flynn as national security adviser. Reince Priebus was pushed out as chief of staff; Sean Spicer resigned as press secretary after the short-lived appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Another communications director, Mike Dubke, resigned in May.

Among the B-list departures: K.T. McFarland, who resigned as deputy national security adviser and is now the nominee to become U.S. ambassador to Singapore; and Katie Walsh, former deputy chief of staff.

UPDATE: Later Monday, two more executives resigned from Trump’s manufacturing panel. Kevin Plank, chairman and CEO of Under Armour, said his company “engages in innovation and sports, not politics.” Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, also stepped down. “I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them,” he said.

On Tuesday, Scott Paul, the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, also dropped out. Here’s his tweet:

Not surprisingly, Trump responded via Twitter:

Below is a Muckety map of the panel membership. The dotted lines indicate former relationships. On Wednesday, as more business leaders threatened to quit, Trump disbanded both the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative and the Strategic and Policy Forum.

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