Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, has tendered his resignation from the American Manufacturing Council because of President Trump’s response to the Charlottesville rallies.
Krzanich scorned the racist behaviour displayed in the recent highly charged protests, and felt that the President did not deliver a strong enough response to decry the event.
President Trump suffered three Chief Executive Officer resignations because of his reaction to the rallies, these included Kenneth Fraizer of Merck and Keven Plank, CEO of Under Armour.
Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich said: “Earlier today, I tendered my resignation from the American Manufacturing Council. I resigned to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing. Politics and political agendas have sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America’s manufacturing base.”
“I have already made clear my abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville, and earlier today I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence. I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them. We should honor – not attack – those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does,” said the Intel CEO.
President Trump has since issued a direct condemnation of the political and ideological viewpoints represented in the neo-Nazi rallies, having initially condemned hatred in all of its forms. For some this reaction is deemed delayed and ineffectual.
Krzanich said: “My request—my plea—to everyone involved in our political system is this: set scoring political points aside and focus on what is best for the nation as a whole. The current environment must change, or else our nation will become a shadow of what it once was and what it still can and should be.”