The managing director Merck, Ken Frazier, has resigned from the American Manufacturing Council of President Trump following the Charlottesville protest.
A young woman lost her life after a car drove into the crowd that were protesting against a nearby white supremacist group.
After the incident, President Trump was heavily criticized for not fully denouncing the supremacist group.
According to Mr Frazier, he decided to step down because he will not tolerant extremist behaviour.
“It is the duty of the leaders of America protect the fundamental values that makes us strong and kick against supremacy and bigotry.”
President Trump sent out a tweet that Frazier will now focus on cutting down the prices of drugs.
Frazer decision to leave puts more heat on hit on Trump who has been heavily criticized for his response to the incident and there are rumours that more corporate leaders will also leave his cabinet.
General Electric Is Staying On Board
General Electric released a statement that it was against the events that occurred in Charlottesville, as it was an inclusive company. But stated that Jeff Immelt, the company’s chairman would stay on the American Manufacturing council.
“We have over 100,000 employees right here in the United States so it is vital that we partake in the economic decision that affects the country.”
This is not the first time that members of some of the biggest industries have stepped down from the advisory council of the company as Uber’s Travis Kalanick, and Tesla’s co-founder Elon Musk both stepped down following Trump’s immigration policy in protest of some of the president’s policy.