Tech walks away from Trump as business councils disband

Tech walks away from Trump as business councils disband

That ended Wednesday when two groups were disbanded. "We have always believed that dialogue is critical to progress; that is why I joined the President's Forum earlier this year," she said. Earlier today I spoke with other members of the Forum and we agreed to disband the group." The two councils disbanding are the Presidential Committee on American Manufacturing and the President's Strategic and Policy Forum. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was the first tech leader to leave the manufacturing council. The first to resign from the manufacturing council was Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, who said in a statement, "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." He also tweeted that he was disbanding the councils. But The New York Times reported that before Trump's tweet to end the councils, Blackstone Group CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman organized a call with members of the Strategic and Policy Forum, which initially included 16 executives, to decide whether to disband the group themselves. Update, 12:24 p.m.: Adds comments from GE Chairman Jeff Immelt and Strategic and Policy Forum members. Update, 2:22 p.m.: Adds comments from IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and a reputation management expert.

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President Trump is disbanding two advisory councils.

IBM has advised an American president as part of a business advisory council for nearly a century. That ended Wednesday when two groups were disbanded.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty told staffers in a memo she was following a longstanding tradition of the company working with US presidents dating back to Woodrow Wilson.

“We have always believed that dialogue is critical to progress; that is why I joined the President’s Forum earlier this year,” she said. “But this group can no longer serve the purpose for which it was formed. Earlier today I spoke with other members of the Forum and we agreed to disband the group.”

Rometty joined a parade of CEOs that earlier left their respective presidential councils after Trump drew criticism for not specifically calling out the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members who descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

The two councils disbanding are the Presidential Committee on American Manufacturing and the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was the first tech leader to leave the manufacturing council. Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk both departed the strategic and policy forum earlier in the year.

The first to resign from the manufacturing council was Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, who said in a statement, “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.” He was followed by Krzanich, Under…

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