Silicon Valley CEOs lead again — away from Trump

It took a while, but U.S. business executives again have followed Silicon Valley’s lead — running from President Trump.

The president announced Wednesday the dissolution of the American Manufacturing Council and White House Strategy and Policy Forum after several CEOs pulled out in the wake of Trump’s comments about racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that one of the councils planned to disband before Trump made his announcement.


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Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank bailed this week, and others were ready to follow.

In a written statement on the Intel website, Krzanich wrote that he resigned to call attention to the “serious harm” done by the divided political climate.

“I am not a politician,” Krzanich wrote. “I am an engineer who has spent most of his career working in factories that manufacture the world’s most advanced devices. Yet, it is clear even to me that nearly every issue is now politicized to the point where significant progress is impossible.”

Other tech CEOs had already abandoned the councils, citing Trump’s views on immigration and the environment. Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick departed in February over a rift caused by Trump’s immigration ban.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk endured months of criticism as he stuck with Trump on the advisory boards. SpaceX has federal contracts to launch for NASA, and Tesla is the beneficiary of federal support for electric vehicles.

Musk argued he could have more influence on environmental and immigration policy by staying on the councils. Environmentalists pounded the tech mogul and spurred a national media campaign to force Musk to dump Trump.

In June, Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement. Musk acknowledged defeat.

“Am departing presidential councils,” Musk posted on Twitter. “Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”

Musk lobbied Trump and the White House to stay in the pact. “I’ve done all that I can,” he tweeted.

Trump this week blamed the Charlottesville violence on right and left-wing protesters, despite white supremacists and nationalists harassing and beating anti-hate protesters. Virginia prosecutors have charged James Alex Fields, 20, of Ohio, with murder for fatally running over Heather D. Heyer with a car and injuring several others.

Photo: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk listens to President Donald Trump speak during a meeting with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23, 2017. Musk resigned from two business councils in June, after Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement.  (Nicholas Kamm /AFP/Getty Images)


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  • hoapres

    Trump doesn’t care about high tech executives. He won the election without them and doesn’t need them.

  • hoapres

    Let’s see if Trump can deport h1bs.

    Then the crud hits the fan.

    • Kungaloosh

      Krzanich decided to leave Trump’s council. What better payback than shutting down the H1-B entirely?

      It would get Silicon Valley’s attention in a hurry.

      • hoapres

        I will be surprised if I don’t get banned here.

      • Mark


      • archie

        I am from India and I pray Trump will ban Indians on this Visa. These people are cream of the country, who are highly educated and have potential to create great value (Satya Nadela, Sundar Pichai).

        Sending these people back, although would be bad on a personal level, would be greatly beneficial to India. Highly trained people are the greatest resource of the country, which India has been loosing to US.

  • Bryan See

    Of Russia Baba Vanga was more upbeat: One of her understandably more popular predictions is that when the permafrost thaws and floods come, nothing will survive on Earth but Russia. The climate will change and Russia will occupy the best inhabitable zone.

    Russia is predicted to herald in world peace and flourish in the face of good fortune. Vanga said that:

    “Everything will melt away like ice yet the glory of Vladimir , the glory of Russia are the only things that will remain. Russia will not only survive, it will dominate the world.”

    Nowadays, many Russians wonder if Vanga’s prophecy about Russia is going to come true some day or not. In 1979, during her meeting with writer Valentin Sidorov, Vanga said: “All will thaw, as if ice, only one remain untouched – Vladimir’s glory, glory of Russia. Too much it is brought in a victim. Nobody can stop Russia. All will be removed by her from the way and not only will be kept, but also becomes the lord of the world.”

    Before her death in 1996, Vanga predicted glorious future for Russia again. According to the Bulgarian clairvoyant, Russia will be the world’s only superpower. Specialists calculated that 68 percent of her prophecies had come true. We only can wait and see if her other prophecies become real or not.