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How Charlottesville Helped Drain The Swamp

Donald Trump’s decision to dissolve his two business advisory councils in the face of mass defections of corporate leaders and Wall Street titans was a clarifying moment for his presidency. Just as the president promised, he drained the swamp.

Ironically, the swamp was already draining itself as business leaders decided that they agreed with the mainstream media’s interpretation of Trump’s stance on the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia. The president had unequivocally condemned racism and white nationalism while adding that ‘alt-left’ violence was also deplorable. In response he was inaccurately accused of equating white supremacists with “protesters.”

The resignations made it clear that many of the “business leaders” could not be counted on for leadership if that involved standing against the wrath of the mainstream media.

And so the swamp was drained.

Nine executives or labor leaders resigned from the president’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative before it was dissolved.

Kenneth Frazier of Merck.
Brian Kzranich of Intel.
Thea Lee of the A.F.L.-C.I.O.
Denise Morrison of Campbell Soup.
Elon Musk of Tesla.
Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.
Kevin Plank of Under Armour.
Richard Trumka of the A.F.L.-C.I.O.

Three executives had already quit the White House’s Strategic and Policy Forum.

Bob Iger of Disney resigned after the President announced the U.S. would exit the Paris climate accord.

Elon Musk of Tesla also resigned after the Paris climate accord exit.
Travis Kalanick resigned over the restrictions on travel from certain countries.

According to reports, several CEOs were on the verge of resigning from the Strategic and Policy Forum.

Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo.
Mary Barra of General Motors.
Virginia Rometty of IBM
Rich Lesser of the Boston Consulting Group.
Mark Weinberger of Ernst & Young.
Larry Fink of BlackRock.
Douglas McMillon of Walmart.
Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase.

On Wednesday morning, August 16, the members of the Strategic and Policy Forum decided to dissolve the panel. This effectively meant the resignation of the remaining members:

Adebayo Ogunlesi of Goldman Sachs
Daniel Yergin of IHS Markit
Jack Welch of G.E.
Jim McNerney of Boeing.
Kevin Warsh of the Hoover Insitute
Paul Atkins of Patomak
Toby Crosgove of Cleveland Clinic

The manufacturing panel was also dissolved on Wednesday. At the time, it’s members were:

Alex Gorsky of Johnson & Johnson
Andrew Liveris of Dow.
Bill Harris of Harris Corp.
Dennis Mullenburg of Boeing
Doug Oberhelman of Caterpillar
Greg Hayes of United Technologies
Inge Thulin of 3M
Jeff Fettig of Whirlpool
Jeff Immelt of G.E.
Jim Kamsickas of Dana
John Ferriola of Nucor
Klaus Kleinfeld of Arconic
Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed
Mario Longhi of U.S. Steel
Mark Fields of Ford
Mark Sutton of International Paper
Michael Dell of Dell
Michael Polk of Newell Brans
Richard Kyle of Timken
Wendell Weeks of Corning.

(First reported by Breitbart News)   (August 24, 2017)

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