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Everyone was quitting Trump’s manufacturing council, so he shut it down

Can’t say we didn’t see this coming. President Trump tweeted today that he’s ending his American Manufacturing Council and Strategic and Policy Forum. The move comes after a number of CEOs this week quit the council over Trump’s refusal to explicitly denounce white supremacist groups. Trump did denounce such groups in a prepared speech on Monday, … Continue reading “Everyone was quitting Trump’s manufacturing council, so he shut it down”

Everyone was quitting Trump’s manufacturing council, so he shut it down
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Can’t say we didn’t see this coming. President Trump tweeted today that he’s ending his American Manufacturing Council and Strategic and Policy Forum. The move comes after a number of CEOs this week quit the council over Trump’s refusal to explicitly denounce white supremacist groups. Trump did denounce such groups in a prepared speech on Monday, but at an off-the-cuff press conference on Tuesday, he doubled and tripled down on his argument that “many sides” were to blame for this weekend’s violence and unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Most recently, the CEOs of 3M and Campbell Soup both said they were leaving the council, and more than a dozen more were on the brink, according to CNBC. Trump, you might recall, campaigned on his strengths as a businessman and frequently promised to restore the manufacturing sector to its former luster.

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