CNN Money reports:
The chief executives of Merck, Under Armour and Intel all quit a presidential manufacturing council on Monday after Trump took two days to denounce white supremacy.
Most notable was Kenneth Frazier of Merck, one of the most prominent black executives in the United States, who said the nation’s leaders “must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.”
Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour, quit the council later in the day. “Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics,” he said in a statement. He said he would “continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion.”
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was somewhat more direct. “We should honor — 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,” he wrote in a blog post on the company’s website late Monday.
Trump hit Merck's CEO 54 mins after announcing he's leaving DT's Council.
Under Armour's CEO announced 12 hrs ago. Intel's 10 hrs. Silence.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 15, 2017
I wonder why pic.twitter.com/3fqpXhb30l
— Daniel Thomas Krall (@DanielTKrall) August 15, 2017