Happy Hour News Briefs
From the “You Can’t Quit, You’re Fired” files:
Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2017
You see, the CEOs on these councils were planning on quitting today in response to Hair Führer’s racist meltdown yesterday. Axios has the deets:
Trump’s announcement came minutes after news broke that one of the groups was disbanding because of Trump’s divisive comments.
The group, the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, is chaired by Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone.
“Debate over the forum has become a distraction and the group has decided to disband,” a top executive said as a conference call of the CEOs continued.
How it happened: The decision was made quickly, the executive said: “Given the comments of the last several days, no one could continue to be seen as supporting this kind of divisiveness.”
Even before the group could make its official announcement, Trump tweeted: “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!”
Trump’s tweet roughly 24 hours prior: “For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!”
Just as an interesting sidenote: Not one single member of Hair Führer’s Evangelical Council has resigned. Let that sink in for a moment.