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article imageOp-Ed: Donald Trump finds a new use for Twitter

By Ken Hanly     Aug 16, 2017 in Politics
Washington - Donald Trump found a new use for Twitter as he announced the dissolution of two advisory committees: The Presidential Committee on American Manufacturing and the Presidential Strategical and Policy Forum.
Trump took some time before he explicitly condemned the Klu Klux Klan and neo-Nazis involved in the Charlottesville Virginia incident in which a protester was killed when run over along with others by a right-wing extremist. There was a large demonstration of white supremacists, and Klu Klux Klan members protesting the removal of a confederate statue. The protester killed was part of a counter protest. A video of the protest from You Tube is appended.
When Trump did finally come out with a statement it was to cast blame on both sides. He later explicitly condemned the neo-Nazis, and KKK but then later on appeared to take this back by blaming both sides again as discussed on the appended You Tube video.
In reaction to Trump's delay in making a statement and then to his first statement blaming both sides several people resigned from the Manufacturing Council. Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier was the first to resign saying "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." Trump was quick to respond to the resignation with a tweet: "Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!" Trump did not explain why he chose a CEO who charged ripoff drug prices to serve on the Committee in the first place.
Several other CEO's also resigned. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and his deputy chief of staff Thea Lee also resigned from the Manufacturing Council saying:"We cannot sit on a council for a President who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism. President Trump's remarks today repudiate his forced remarks yesterday about the KKK and neo-Nazis. We must resign on behalf of America's working people, who reject all notions of legitimacy of these bigoted groups." In reaction to all of these resignations Trump tweeted that he had many CEO's to take the place of those resigned. Apparently, he forgot about the labor representatives. However Trump seems to have quickly changed his mind as he often does when a way out of a situation suddenly springs into his mind and he sees more problems if he doesn't.
Trump tweeted: Rather than putting pressure on the business people of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all! Apparently, there had been calls by Blackstone Group chair Stephen Schwarzman to members of the Strategic and Policy Forum to decide whether they should disband the group. Trump decided that he would act first. Elon Musk from Tesla withdrew earler from the Strategic and Policy Forum after Trump decided the US would withdraw from the Paris environmental agreement.
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