Donald Trump said he had closed all his business advisory groups Wednesday as CEOs and bankers ran for the exits and criticized his response to Charlottesville.
Trump was forced into the move as word leaked that the head of one of the groups – strategy and policy forum leader Stephen Schwarzman – was about to end its existence after crisis talks with business leaders.
Moments before the tweet, two more CEOs – the leaders of 3M and Campbell’s Soup – resigned from Trump’s manufacturing board, which had been rocked by a series of resignations.
Trump tweeted early Wednesday afternoon: ‘Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!’
At the same time Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, the country’s largest bank, launched his own direct attack on Trump in a note to employees, saying ‘I strongly disagree’ with his response to Charlottesville.
And Trump, who headed back to his Bedminster estate in the afternoon, was also assailed in a joint statement by the two living Republican presidents, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, who called on all Americans to repudiate extremism, while Republican leaders including Mitch McConnell issued a series of statements, with Ohio governor John Kasich calling the president ‘pathetic’.