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CEO-in-Chief Trump is a Real Headache for CEOs

That whole corner-office-to-the-Oval-Office thing isn't working out particularly well for President Donald Trump, at least among his CEO peers.

Three executives quit the president's manufacturing council on Monday in the wake of his lukewarm response to racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier was first to pull the plug, followed by Under Armour's Kevin Plank, Intel's Brian Krzanich and, in a

on Tuesday, Alliance for American Manufacturing president Scott Paul.

Tesla's Elon Musk and Disney's Bob Iger dropped out of a strategic and policy forum to the president in June following his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. Since-ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quit the council over employee backlash in February.

Trump addressed the CEOs quitting the manufacturing council in a tweet on Tuesday, though he did not mention them by name. "For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!" he wrote.

He attacked Frazier, the first to quit the council, on Twitter on Monday.

It is not clear which CEOs are interested in filling the now open spots on the council. Trump has yet to fill hundreds of key roles in his administration.

AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka said in a statement he's "assessing" his role in the manufacturing council. Some executives have affirmed their commitment to...


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