More CEOs Condemn Trump’s Response to Charlottesville

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said that by not immediately rebuking white supremacists, President Trump “missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together.”


More executives are standing in opposition against President Donald Trump’s response to violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend and his refusal to immediately condemn white supremacists.

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Executives are making quick decisions in a critical time for business leaders — but not all statements are equal.

Walmart (a DiversityInc 2017 Noteworthy Company) CEO Doug McMillon released a statement posted to Walmart’s website strongly criticizing Trump’s approach.

“As we watched the events and the response from President Trump over the weekend, we too felt that he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting the appalling actions of white supremacists,” McMillon said in part. “His remarks today were a step in the right direction and we need that clarity and consistency in the future.”

He added that today’s climate “require[s] our elected officials, business leaders and community-based organizations to work together.”

McMillon sits on Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum. He has not yet indicated whether or not he will step down from the council, as other CEOs have done in light of Trump’s actions.

Notably, though, McMillon has publicly opposed Trump’s policies before. Earlier this year Walmart joined Americans for Affordable Products, a coalition of dozens of companies opposed to Trump’s Border Adjustment Tax (BAT).

Meanwhile, also on Tuesday afternoon Scott Paul, CEO of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, became the fourth chief executive to resign from Trump’s manufacturing committee.

In a simple tweet Paul said, “I’m resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it’s the right thing for me to do.”

On Aug. 12 Paul had taken to Twitter to “condemn white nationalism” in response to Charlottesville.

The CEOs of Merck, Intel and Under Armour have also all resigned from the council. Kenneth Frazier, head of Merck, was the first to resign. He was also the only Black man on the manufacturing council.

Frazier was the only CEO to resign who Trump responded directly to, taking to Twitter to slam Merck and Frazier.

Later in the day Trump attacked all of the CEOs, calling them “grandstanders.”

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  • He is the president of white nationalists and out right racists. He lacks any moral authority at the domestic level and the international level. It’s sad that the German Chancellor showed more disgust and outrage at these racists coming together and marching on American streets, than the President of the United States. He is a very dangerous sociopath that will take more than an election to remove from office. I’m thinking something closer to the Romanoffs. I’m not sure people understand how dark these times are.

    • Eric, thanks for your response. In my opinion, the incident in Charlottesville proves that Trump doesn’t care about the American people only about himself and the white supremacists. (Maybe racist should be branded on his forehead).

      • You’re right, his only love is Donald J Trump. I don’t think he’s racist. But the Nazis, sexists, bigots, gay bashers and racists are the only ones still on his side. So he’s going to cater to them.

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