A running list of all the CEOs who resigned from Trump’s business council — and the reason they gave

A running list of all the CEOs who resigned from Trump’s business council — and the reason they gave
President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the first to withdraw from the president’s American Manufacturing Council. Evan Vucci/AP
President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the first to withdraw from the president’s American Manufacturing Council. Evan Vucci/AP

When President Donald Trump announced the creation of the American Manufacturing Council in January, the White House heralded it as a gathering of “the world’s most successful and creative business leaders” from whom the president would seek guidance on “how best to promote job growth and get Americans back to work again.”

Among the many high-profile industry titans on the council in January were Denise Morrison of Campbell Soup Company, Jeff Immelt of General Electric and Elon Musk of Tesla.

By the middle of August, at least four of the CEOs on Trump’s American Manufacturing Council would announce their decision to resign from the advisory board.

Musk, the first to resign, faced considerable backlash from Tesla customers for his decision to work in conjunction with the beleaguered president, citing what they saw as Trump’s objectionable nature, behavior, rhetoric and proposed policies along the campaign trail.

In June, citing Trump’s decision to withdraw from a global initiative to lower carbon emissions in an effort to stave off the effects of climate change, Musk announced he would no longer be working with the president.

Following a weekend of racially charged violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one dead and dozens injured, Trump saw a spate of resignations from his advisory board.

That flurry of resignations likely prompted Trump to take to Twitter on Tuesday and lambast the CEOs who have resigned so far as “grandstanders.”

Though the president maintained that he had many other business leaders waiting in the wings to replace those who have resigned so far, no replacement appointments have been named.

Here’s a running list of all the titans of industry withdrawing from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council.

Elon Musk, Tesla

Elon Musk was the first CEO to resign from Trump’s board.
Elon Musk was the first CEO to resign from Trump’s board. Stephan Savoia/AP

Musk resigned on June 1, citing disagreement with Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Trump made no note of the departure.

Kenneth Frazier, Merck & Co.

Kenneth Frazier, right, with Donald Trump
Kenneth Frazier, right, with Donald Trump Win McNamee/Getty Images

On Monday, the pharmaceutical giant CEO issued a statement, saying he “[felt] a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism” and called on fellow CEOs to “honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.”

Trump subsequently lambasted Frazier for his decision on Twitter.

Kevin Plank, Under Armour

Kevin Plank
Kevin Plank Joe Raymond/AP

Plank followed Frazier’s lead later that day, issuing a statement that said, “Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.”

“I ... will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport, which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion,” he concluded.

Brian Krzanich, Intel

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Richard Drew/AP

In a blog post published Monday night, Krzanich said he was resigning “to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues.”

Scott Paul, Alliance for American Manufacturing

Scott Paul in 2016
Scott Paul in 2016 American Iron and Steel Institute/YouTube

In a tweet, Paul announced on Tuesday his resignation from the American Manufacturing Council because it was “the right thing for [him] to do.

Richard L. Trumka, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on April 4.
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on April 4. Alex Brandon/AP

Following Trump’s return to blaming counter-protesters for the violence in Charlottesville on Saturday, Trumka announced Tuesday on Twitter that he could not work for “a president that tolerates bigotry.”

Inge Thulin, 3M

Inge Thulin, Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of 3M Company, speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations on May 16 in New York.
Inge Thulin, Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of 3M Company, speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations on May 16 in New York. Mark Lennihan/AP

Thulin announced his resignation from Trump’s council on Wednesday, citing the concern that “the initiative is no longer an effective vehicle for 3M” to advance its stated mission of “sustainability, diversity and inclusion.”

Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company

Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison speaks during a meeting between President Donald Trump and manufacturing executives at the White House in Washington.
Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison speaks during a meeting between President Donald Trump and manufacturing executives at the White House in Washington. Evan Vucci/AP

Despite having previously affirmed her commitment to staying on Trump’s council following a sudden spate of departures, Morrison announced her resignation Wednesday, citing Trump’s remarks equating racism and murder to the actions of the anti-racist counter protesters in Charlottesville.

Aug. 16, 2017 1:16 p.m.: This story has been updated.