Merck CEO Resigns After Trump Refuses to Denounce Racism

James Alex Fields Jr.  is seen attending the

In responding to the violence in Charlottesville involving Nazi and white supremacist groups, Trump condemned bigotry and hatred "on many sides" but did not specifically single out the groups.

Trump still hasn't mentioned the domestic terror attack by racists in Charlottesville that killing one and wounded nineteen, but he has plenty of time to scold a CEO for resigning from his manufacturing council.

The message came just hours after Merck CEO Frazier announced his resignation from the American Manufacturing Council in a statement, noting that he was taking "a stand against intolerance and extremism".

Trump made USA drug prices an issue during the presidential campaign and after - at one point accusing drug companies of "getting away with murder". Merck has a facility in Upper Gwynedd Township and is Montgomery County's largest employer.

Frazier released a statement through Twitter on Monday that said he was leaving the position.

On Saturday, Trump said the hatred, bigotry and violence in Charlottesville needs to end on "many sides".

Frazier, though, was clearly fed up with the president today. But after lots of bluster on his campaign, Trump seems to have abandoned plans to make medicines more affordable for Americans.

Hundreds of white supremacists clashed with counter demonstrators as a auto rammed into the crowd and a police helicopter crashed on Saturday, killing three people and injuring 19 others in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier (L) listens to President Donald Trump at a January 2017 meeting.

In a letter published Monday on the North Dakota-Minnesota news site Inforum, a father called his son out by name for participating in the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

Michael Dell, chief executive of Dell Technologies, will remain on the White House manufacturing advisory council, the company said. Multiple people were injured in that incident and in in running clashes between white supremacists and groups opposing them. Elon Musk of Tesla, Bob Iger of Disney, and Lloyd Blankenfeld of Goldman Sachs all left advisory boards.

The US President has been at his New Jersey golf club on a "working vacation", but is expected to return to Washington on Monday to sign an executive action on China's trade policies.

After Trump announced in June that the USA would be leaving the Paris climate accord, both Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Disney CEO Bob Iger left his business advisory council.

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