>> President Donald Trump, on Wednesday, abruptly disbanding two business advisory panels, after a flood of CEOs resigned in protest, over his response to the racist rallies and violence in Charlottesville. Trump tweeting, rather than putting pressure on the business people of the manufacturing council and strategy and policy forum, I am ending both.
Thank you all. Ginger Gibson is following the story for Reuters.>> Sources tell Reuters that the council have decided to dissolve itself before the decision was made by the White House to disband them. The White House hasn't said, one way or another, on the timing. But there's a little bit of tension there, a little bit of I quit, no, you're fired, situation playing out with these councils.
>> The move coming soon after Campbell Soup's CEO, Denise Morrison, announced she was joining the leaders of Merck, Intel, 3M, and Under Armour in an exodus from Trump's manufacturing council. Morrison bowing out after initially vying to remain on the council in the face of a growing boycott campaign on social media, with hashtags like CanCampbells.
>> There are two sides to a story.>> The pressure building after Trump reignited bipartisan outrage, Tuesday, by equating Saturday's violence by white supremacists with a rally staged by anti-racist protesters.>> I think there's blame on both sides, and I have no doubt about it.>> Many of these companies found Tuesday's remarks by Donald Trump, in Trump Tower, to just be the last straw.
It was too much to hear him equate the left with white nationalist and white supremacist. And that by doing so, he had created an argument or appeared to defend Nazi sympathizers in a way that they felt they could no longer be affiliated in an official capacity with the White House.
>> Those remarks from Trump, a day after scripted words condemning the KKK. Amid the firestorm, Vice President Mike Pence, in Panama, announcing he will return early from his trip to Latin America adding he's stood by President Trump's statements.>> Our hearts are in Charlottesville.