Inge Thulin of 3M and Denise Morrison of Campbell Soup joined the flight of CEOs exiting the White House’s manufacturing council on Wednesday afternoon. Minutes later, President Donald Trump disbanded the council.
Thulin and Morrison left the council a day after Trump’s ill-received press conference at Trump Tower in which he drew the ire of critics across the political spectrum by appearing to defend white supremacists.
On Wednesday, a separate council called the strategic and policy forum was also disbanded.
Thulin released a statement on her decision on Wednesday.
In the days after Trump’s "many sides" statement, Morrison stuck by her decision to remain on the manufacturing council. While calling the the events at Charlottesville "reprehensible," she justified her decision, saying, "We believe it continues to be important for Campbell to have a voice and provide input on matters that will affect our industry, our company, and our employees in support of growth."
However, after Trump again delivered an equivocating response, blaming "both sides" for the violence in the Virginia city, Morrison joined the corporate defection and stepped down.
Here’s how the rest of the manufacturing council have (and have not) responded to Trump’s speech Tuesday.
Andrew Liveris, Dow Chemical
"I condemn the violence this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones and with the people of Virginia. In Dow there is no room for hatred, racism, or bigotry. Dow will continue to work to strengthen the social and economic fabric of the communities where it operates – including supporting policies that help create employment opportunities in manufacturing and rebuild the American workforce."
Bill Brown, Harris Corporation
Michael Dell, Dell Technologies
"While we wouldn’t comment on any member’s personal decision, there’s no change in Dell engaging with the Trump administration and governments around the world to share our perspective on policy issues that affect our company, customers, and employees."
John Ferriola, Nucor Corporation
"At Nucor, we condemn the violence that occurred this past weekend in Charlottesville and reject the hate, bigotry, and racism expressed at the demonstration. As North America’s largest steel producer, Nucor has engaged with several administrations to work on policies that help strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector and provide opportunities for American workers. We believe a strong manufacturing sector is the backbone of a strong economy, and we will continue to serve as a member of the White House manufacturing jobs initiative."
Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool
Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company
Ford replaced Fields with Jim Hackett, the former head of the Ford Smart Mobility unit and former chief executive of Steelcase.
Kenneth Frazier, Merck
Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson
"Ours is an important voice on healthcare, one that global leaders at every level, in and out of government, need to hear," Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson said in a statement. "If we aren't in the room advocating for global health as a top priority, if we aren't there standing up for our belief in diversity and inclusion, or if we fail to speak out when the situation demands it, then we have abdicated our Credo responsibility. We must engage if we hope to change the world and those who lead it."
Greg Hayes, United Technologies
Marlyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin
"Marillyn Hewson is a member of the manufacturing council. We don’t have a comment."
Jeff Immelt, GE
Resigning from position as CEO and chairman
Jim Kamsickas, Dana
Klaus Kleinfeld, Arconic
Stepped down from position amid a proxy fight with an activist investor.
I stand with others for equality and improving US competitiveness. Both require— Brian Krzanich (@bkrunner) August 15, 2017
improving in todays environment. https://t.co/RcjpGaFXBQ
Rich Kyle, The Timken Company
Thea Lee and Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO
I cannot sit on a council for a President that tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism; I resign, effective immediately. pic.twitter.com/ip6F2nsoog— Richard L. Trumka (@RichardTrumka) August 15, 2017
Mario Longhi, U.S. Steel
Retoi June 30
Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing
Refers to statement made by the Business Roundtable, a trade organization for U.S. CEOs
"Racism has no place in our businesses, our communities, or our country." https://t.co/o9Gs2M7aeQ— Business Roundtable (@BizRoundtable) August 15, 2017
Elon Musk, Tesla
Quit two of Trump’s councils in early June following the White House’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar
Retired from position as CEO and chairman on March 31.
Scott Paul, Alliance for American Manufacturing
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, Under Armour
I love our country & company. I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport. - CEO Kevin Plank pic.twitter.com/8YvndJMjj1— Under Armour (@UnderArmour) August 15, 2017
Michael Polk, Newell Brands
"I found this past weekend’s events incredibly troubling. There is simply no place in our society for racism of any kind, white supremacy or neo-Nazism. The values that form these views are intolerable and completely contrary to everything I hold true as a proud American. I reject and condemn all that hate stands for and hope that as a society, we can come together as one in this view."
Mark Sutton, International Paper
"International Paper strongly condemns the violence that took place in Charlottesville over the weekend – there is no place for hatred, bigotry, and racism in our society. We are a company that fosters an inclusive workforce where all employees are valued and treated with dignity and respect. Through our participation on the manufacturing jobs council, we will work to strengthen the social and economic fabric of communities across the country by creating employment opportunities in manufacturing."
Wendall Weeks, Corning