Merck CEO resigns from President's council

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On Monday, the Merck CEO released a statement announcing his resignation to take "a stand against intolerance and extremism".

While many people spoke out in support of Frazier's stance on twitter, Trump fired back a strongly-worded tweet in response. Merck has a facility in Upper Gwynedd Township and is Montgomery County's largest employer.

Several executives from top U.S. companies have stepped down from a number of presidential advisory councils in protest to Trump policies, Reuters added.

He said if he were on the council, he would have confronted Trump face to face and resigned, saying, "he would have a battle every day with me".

Rensi said Trump's slow reaction to condemn the march meant he "lost a bit of a fan in me". The president blamed bigotry on "many sides".

Frazier has served as chairman of the board and CEO of Merck since 2011.

The decision came after critics questioned Trump's decision not to call out white supremacists in a statement condemning the violence that erupted Saturday.

He is speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray about the race-fueled violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. "There are some companies that have continually ripped off the American people". In those remarks, he did not single out white supremacists or any other hate group, even as Republican lawmakers and others in his White House did condemn them by name. An email to spokespersons for the White House was not immediately returned.

"Bigotry, hatred and extremism are an affront to core American values and have no place in this country", said Stephen A. Schwarzman, the chief executive of Blackstone and one of the president's closest advisers in the business community. The Southern Poverty Law Center says Heimbach is considered to be the face of a new generation of white nationalists. "While we would not comment on any member's personal decision, there's no change in Dell engaging with the Trump administration and governments around the world to share our perspective on policy issues that affect our company, our customers and our employees", she said in an email.

After Trump announced in June that the USA would be leaving the Paris climate accord, both Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Disney CEO Bob Iger left his business advisory council. Tesla founder Elon Musk, and Disney CEO Robert Iger quit the panel earlier this year after Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord.