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NEW YORK (AP) — With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he is ending a pair of advisory business councils in the latest fallout over his remarks about the Charlottesville protests.

“Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!” Trump tweeted in a face-saving effort from his home at Trump Tower. He was to depart New York later Wednesday to return to his New Jersey golf club.

CEOs began announcing their resignations after Trump’s first comments about the violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and counter-protesters. The resignations accelerated after he re-emphasized his earlier remarks and on Tuesday blamed “both sides” for the series of events that led to the death of a 32-year-old Charlottesville woman.

Standing in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday, Trump acknowledged that there were “some very bad people” among those who gathered to protest Saturday. But he added: “You also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.”

Trump’s remarks were widely criticized in Washington and around the country.

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7 comments

    • steve

      No, George. He’s doing the right thing. The business people in question are fools, mistakenly convinced that staying aligned with Trump will hurt their business’ bottom line. The anti-Trump media’s propaganda has made their decisions for them.
      Trump knows they aren’t team players and the administration is better off without them. Simple.

      • George

        NO, Steve, you are wrong again, they finally realized he is nothing but a liar, and they to know he is hurting this country. Start the impeachment now. #45 needs to go, now.

        • steve

          That’s almost laughable. Your tunnel vision and your hate for Trump as a person won’t even let you open your eyes to what’s going on in the country.

          • George

            Like you said,”ALMOST Laughable” so this tells me you agree with what I said. My eyes are Wide open to what #45 is doing to this country, it is like he is killing everything the past presidents have done. You are the one who should OPEN your eyes

  • RG

    I was not a fan of Trump during the campaign. Nine month after the election, the constant anti-Trump media’s propaganda has made me a strong supporter of Trump.