Monday, August 14, 2017

Merck CEO Quits President's Manufacturing Council Over Tepid Charlottesville Remarks

Citing a responsibility to "take a stand against intolerance and extremism,” Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier quit Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday in response to Trump's woefully tepid statements regarding the violent hate rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend.

"America's leaders must honor our fundamental views 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 a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism."

Trump responded by attacking Frazier on Twitter: “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”

As many have noted, it took less than an hour to slap back at Frazier, but no word against white supremacists in three days.

As this Twitter user points out, Frazier was welcomed as a member of Trump's Manufacturing Council. Did Trump think of Frazier as a ripoff artist all this time?

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