Business Executives Distancing Themselves from Trump

We at BootheGlobalPerspectives saw this one coming. President Trump created several business advisory boards of leading CEOs in America with the stated purpose of advising him. Shortly thereafter we noticed that a few quietly resigned, but after the recent statements about Nazis, White Supremacists, and the Klu Klux Klan, where it seemed that Trump was reluctant to blame "hate groups"  for violence and hate speech, first one, then two more, then seven, and then a group of business CEOs quietly met and suggested that the "advisory councils" be disbanded. They simply are turned off by the real Trump. One president of a corporation said, "Trump does not care about the workers. His policies appear to be destructive."  


Tim Cook of Apple Computers said,

"I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights.

"Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans."

He added that, "In the wake of the tragic and repulsive events in Charlottesville, we are stepping up to help organisations who work to rid our country of hate."

Apple will donate $1 million to both the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. It will also match two-for-one any staff donations to these and several other human rights groups until Sept. 30, Mr Cook said.

Some have suggested that Trump's policy of deregulation hurts both employees and consumers, but his seeming reluctance to alienate his political base, which includes the Klan and white supremacists (we call them "rednecks on steroids) has caused Trump to go soft on hateful and violent groups. This is sad and alarming for the America that we love.  As John Wayne once said, "I believe in freedom of speech, but your freedom of speech stops at my nose. I will not harm or be harmed. It is the Cowboy Creed." Seems that Mr. Trump doesn't care about those who might be hurt by hate groups. History tells us that when hate groups prevail, nations suffer.  Look at Germany in the 1930's and 40's. 

See below what Politico published. We credit them for the article.

 Donald Trump is pictured. | AP Photo

Trump dumps CEOs before more could abandon him

The president who promised business leaders would "thrive" disbanded two advisory councils amid a stampede of defections.





Some of America’s top CEOs were preparing to issue a statement criticizing the president — so he effectively fired them from a White House council first.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced he was ending two business advisory councils amid a stampede of defections and after one of the groups had decided to disband over the president's much-criticized response to the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Va.

A person close to Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum said the group had already told the White House it had resolved to disband and condemn the president's Tuesday claims that "both sides" were responsible for violence at a white supremacist and neo-Nazi gathering and that some "very fine people" were among the marchers defending a Confederate statue.

The group in a statement presented the decision as mutual with Trump, though EY CEO Mark Weinberger tweeted Wednesday that "we made the right call." Members of the separate Manufacturing Council — which had already lost eight members this week — were due to hold their own call Wednesday.

"Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!" Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, ending the debate.

The split likely won't change Trump's agenda — the long-time real estate developer still intends to slash corporate taxes and regulations. And the White House said a separate group of government officials called the American Technology Council, which met with top Sillicon Valley executives and Trump in June, will keep working

Still, the break-up of the two high-profile CEO groups shows increasing pressure on business leaders to distance themselves from the White House and could hurt Trump's standing with the pro-business, establishment wing of voters and donors in the Republican Party.

"There is no room for equivocation here: the evil on display by these perpetrators of hate should be condemned and has no place in a country that draws strength from our diversity and humanity," JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said in a statement Wednesday after Trump disbanded the Strategic and Policy Forum to which he belonged. Dimon had weighed in on the events in Charlottesville over the weekend but had not criticized the president directly.