6 Defections in 2 Days for Trump's Manufacturing Council

Scott Paul says leaving council was 'right thing for me to do'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2017 2:20 PM CDT
Updated Aug 15, 2017 7:01 PM CDT
In this July 31, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – President Trump's American Manufacturing Council has faced another couple of defections—its fourth, fifth, and sixth in the two days following Trump's widely criticized reaction to white nationalist rallies and violence in Virginia. The Hill reports Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, resigned from the council Tuesday, saying, "It's the right thing for me to do." CNN reports Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO, and Thea Lee, former AFL-CIO deputy chief of staff, also resigned Tuesday.

They join the heads of Merck, Under Armour, and Intel in leaving the council. Paul represents the steel industry, which has been a major backer of the president, according to Politico. Minutes before Paul quit the council, Trump tweeted: “For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!” (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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