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It’s no secret that this White House tends to hemorrhage staff.
But occupants of the West Wing aren’t the only casualties of President Donald Trump’s governing style.
While Trump has repeatedly billed himself as pro-business, his rhetoric and actions around immigration policy, the environment, and the deadly white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, have provoked the ire of several business leaders.
Some have made public statements condemning the president, while others have publicly exited Trump’s various White House councils.
Following a wave of departures from these councils and reports that Trump’s main business council agreed to disband itself, Trump scrapped his Strategic and Policy Forum and his manufacturing council.
Here are 13 business leaders who have publicly distanced themselves from the president, so far:
Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO
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Dimon was a member of Trump’s now-disbanded Strategic and Policy Forum. In May, the CEO signalled his support for the president, according to CNBC, telling shareholders: “He is the President of the United States. I believe he is the pilot flying our airplane. I would try to help any President of the United States because I’m a patriot.”
In August, however, Dimon became a proponent of dissolving Trump’s business councils.
Business Insider reported that the CEO criticized the president’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville in a statement: “There is no room for equivocation here: the evil on display by these perpetrators of hate should be condemned and has no place in a country that draws its strength from our diversity and humanity.”
Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Company
Morrison left the council Wednesday, according to Business Insider’s Bob Bryan and Lydia Ramsey. The move came after Campbell Soup Company released a statement condemning the “racism and murder” that occurred in Charlottesville.
Inge Thulin, CEO of 3M
Thulin announced he was leaving Trump’s initiative Wednesday, according to Business Insider reported. In a statement, the CEO asserted 3M’s commitment to a healthier, more prosperous US. “After careful consideration, I believe the initiative is no longer an effective vehicle for 3M to advance these goals. As a result, today I am resigning from the Manufacturing Advisory Council.”
Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO
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The president of the largest collection of labor unions in the US resigned from the president’s manufacturing council Tuesday, Bob Bryan reported for Business Insider.
Trumka bashed Trump’s response to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in his announcement.
“We cannot sit on a council for a President who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism,” he said in a statement.
Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing
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Paul announced his resignation from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative via Twitter Tuesday.
I'm resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it's the right thing for me to do.
— Scott Paul (@ScottPaulAAM) August 15, 2017
Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour
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The Under Armour CEO caught massive flack for an initial pro-Trump statement back in February. Dennis Green reports for Business Insider that Plank hailed Trump as an “asset to the country.”
The comment sparked controversy. Even Under Armour’s own athletes reacted negatively, including NBA MVP Steph Curry, according to USA Today.
Plank later took a full-page ad out in the Baltimore Sun to clarify his statement and denounce Trump’s travel ban.
On Monday, the sportswear CEO announced that he will follow Frazier’s suit and step down from Trump’s council. According to Business Insider’s Bob Bryan, Plank released a statement declaring that “Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.”
Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel
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Business Insider’s Bob Bryan and Lydia Ramsey reported that the Intel CEO announced his decision to leave Trump’s economic council on Monday.
“I am an engineer who has spent most of his career working in factories that manufacture the world’s most advanced devices,” he said in a statement. “Yet, it is clear even to me that nearly every issue is now politicized to the point where significant progress is impossible.”
Kenneth Frazier, Merck CEO
On Monday, Frazier resigned from the president’s manufacturing council in response to Trump’s controversial initial response to the situation in Charlottesville.
Frazier was the only black member of the manufacturing council.
“As CEO of Merck, and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism,” he said in a statement, according to Business Insider’s Lydia Ramsey.
The president immediately took to Twitter to blast the CEO. The New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin reported that Trump’s response cowed to at least one anonymous member of his advisor councils, who said, “Just look at what he did to Ken. I’m not sticking my head up.”
Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal
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Peter Thiel used to be an ardent Trump backer, even speaking in the then-candidate’s favor at the Republican National Convention.
However, there are indications that the PayPal cofounder has changed his mind. In fact, reports indicate that he now feels that there’s a good chance the Trump train will derail entirely.
“There’s a 50% chance this whole thing ends in disaster,” Thiel told friends at a recent private gathering, Caroline Cakebread reported for Business Insider.
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney
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Like Musk, the Disney CEO dropped out of president’s council after Trump pulled the US out of the Paris Agreement.
As a matter of principle, I've resigned from the President's Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) June 1, 2017
Elon Musk, CEO and founder of Tesla and SpaceX
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The Tesla and SpaceX CEO previously sat on two of Trump’s councils, the economic advisory board and the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, Danielle Muoio reported for Business Insider.
Writing for Business Insider, Matthew DeBord speculated that Musk was attempting to influence the president’s climate change policies. However, he ditched both councils after Trump opted to pull out of the Paris Agreement.
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
“If I stayed on the councils it would be saying that wasn’t important, but I think it’s super important,” Musk later said in a speech to US governors, Sonam Sheth reported for Business Insider.
Travis Kalanick, former CEO and founder of Uber
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Joining Trump’s council proved to be yet another controversy for the recently ousted Uber CEO.
The New York Times reports that many Uber employees were angry about Kalanick’s decision to join the board in the first place. The controversy swelled after the administration announced its travel ban.
The Uber founder stepped down from the council in February.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
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The Facebook COO never sat on one of Trump’s councils, but she did appear at the then-president-elect’s December sit down with Silicon Valley powerhouses.
The following month, Sandberg blasted Trump’s travel ban in a Facebook post.
Business Insider’s Alex Heath reported that Sandberg wrote: “People seeking refuge have been turned away and sent back to the danger they just managed to flee. This is not how it should be in America.”
She also has spoken out against the Trump administration’s global gag rule policy, which bans US-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion as an option.