As the last remaining CEOs quit President Trump’s manufacturing council, and news emerged that the panel would dissolve itself, the president swooped in to claim that it was his decision to end it. “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both,” the president tweeted moments after the CEOs of both 3M and Campbell announced their departure. “Thank you all!” Executives had exited the council in droves after the president blamed “hatred on many sides” for the deadly violence at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville this weekend. According to CNBC, the executives voted to dissolve the council, but the president publicly took credit for its demise anyhow. On Tuesday, he doubled down on that, blaming the “alt-left” for provoking violence that included the death of one anti-racism protester.
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