Dell Says CEO Will Continue to Advise Trump Even After Defense of Racist Rally
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Tuesday afternoon, Trump said he believed "both sides" were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville. Speaking without a teleprompter, the president's tone contrasted sharply with the calm and well-received statement he had delivered the day before. Whatever small credit Trump accrued for rebuking the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis groups was obliterated instantly Tuesday when he labeled as "innocent" individuals who marched on the University of Virginia grounds bellowing racist chants such as"Jews will not replace us."
In a statement to Gizmodo on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Dell Technologies said Trump's remarks had no effect on its CEO's decision this week to remain a part of the president's manufacturing council-a group which has seen four high-profile departures, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka who resigned roughly an hour after today's press conference.
"There is no change to our current statement," said Dell's spokesperson, referring to remarks released earlier in the day which said Michael Dell would continue to "engage with the Trump administration and governments around the world to share our perspective on policy issues that affect our company, customers and employees."
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced his departure from the council on Tuesday, writing in a blog that his decision was intended to "call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues, including the serious need to address the decline of American manufacturing." He added: "Politics and political agendas have sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America's manufacturing base."
Kenneth Frazier, chief executive of the drugmaker Merck, was the first to step down. Trump responded with an angry tweet saying now Frazier would have "more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"
In addition to Dell, a long list of industry leaders remain at the president's side, executives at companies such as General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Caterpillar, and Campbell Soup.
The only other company to respond to a request for comment late Tuesday was Harris Corporation, makers of the infamous "Stingray" device police use to track suspects' cellphones. A Harris spokesperson declined to say whether its chairman, William Brown, had any plans to leave the council.
Trump's equivocation of violence in Charlottesville, the fiery defense of people marching in and alongside hate groups that no longer mask their support for "ethnic cleansing" in the America, if that fails to impress upon companies like Dell that now is the time to resist, then it's hard to imagine what terrible thing the president would have to do or say to get that message across.