1. The announcement came on the third straight day of resignations from the White House manufacturing council.
  2. In separate statements, 3M CEO Inge Thulin, Campbell Soup Company CEO Denise Morrison, United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes and Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky announced their resignations Wednesday.
  3. Business leaders started abandoning the council on Monday, two days after Trump said that "many sides" were to blame for violence that broke out during a rally organized by white nationalists in Charlottesville over the weekend. Critics from across the political spectrum questioned Trump's decision not to condemn white supremacists and his failure to call the attack terrorism in the immediate aftermath of the violence.
  4. He attempted to mollify critics on Monday by calling the KKK and neo-Nazis "criminals and thugs," but added only more fuel to the controversy Tuesday by pivoting back to blaming "both sides" for the violence.
  5. Morrison said her decision was made after the president's comments Tuesday.
  6. "Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville," Morrison said. "I believe the president should have been -- and still needs to be -- unambiguous on that point."
  7. Kenneth C. Frazier, the chairman and CEO of American pharmaceutical giant Merck, was the first to announce his resignation. Frazier, who is African American, wrote that his decision was "a matter of personal conscience."
  8. He was followed Monday by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank. President of the nonprofit American Alliance for Manufacturing Scott Paul, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and AFL-CIO Deputy Chief of Staff Thea Lee resigned on Tuesday.
  9. Trump told reporters gathered in New York on Tuesday that the business leaders who were leaving the manufacturing council were doing so because they were embarrassed that their products weren't made in the U.S.
  10. "They're not taking their job seriously as it pertains to this country," he said.
  11. He boasted on Twitter Tuesday that "for every CEO that drops out of the manufacturing council, I have may to take their place."
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