Pharma CEO Publicly Resigns from Trump's Advisory Council with Scorching Statement
Kenneth Frazier, chairman and CEO of Merck, publicly resigned from Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council in a scalding hot statement:
“I am resigning from the President’s American Manufacturing Council.
Our country’s strengths stems from its diversity and the contributions made by men and women of different faiths, races, sexual orientations and political beliefs.
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.
As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”
Less than one hour after Kenneth Frazier released that statement, Donald Trump, who has yet to personally condemn the white supremacists who are acting out in his name, was already lashing out on Twitter with an attack aimed directly at the Merck CEO:
Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
Unbelievable! Each and every CEO on the President’s American Manufacturing Council should be asked today where they stand. Are they going to stand with intolerance and racism or are they going to stand with their employees and customers?
Media should ask each of the remaining members of the President's Manufacturing Council for their views on Ken Frazier's resignation. pic.twitter.com/RRucJzTzM2— Ivan the K™ (@IvanTheK) August 14, 2017