America's CEOs And President Trump's Advisory Councils: A Status Update
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On Wednesday, August 16, the Strategic and Policy Forum decided to disband, after which President Trump tweeted that he is ending both of his CEO councils.
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What follows below is how things stood before his announcement. For more, read: https://www.forbes.com/sites/maggiemcgrath/2017/08/16/as-ceos-abandon-trump-advisory-councils-disband/#3b0343184a76
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CEO participantsTheir companyStatusStatement
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President’s Strategic and Policy Forum
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Paul Atkins
Patomak Global Partners (former SEC chairman)
in as of 8/14/17no public comment
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Mary BarraGeneral Motorsin as of 8/14/17
A GM spokesperson said: "GM will not waver from our commitment to the environment and our position on climate change has not changed. International agreements aside, we remain committed to creating a better environment. We publicly advocate for climate action and awareness and remain the only automaker to have signed the Ceres Climate Declaration and one of the first companies to sign the American Business Act on Climate Pledge.

“… Mary Barra’s participation on the President’s Strategy and Policy Forum provides GM a seat at an important table to contribute to a constructive dialogue about key policy issues. The Forum continues to provide an opportunity to work with the administration and other corporate leaders on policies that support a strong and competitive economy and automotive industry."
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Toby CosgroveCleveland Clinicin as of 8/14/17
In a statement on August 14, the Cleveland Clinic said, “We believe that diversity, inclusion, and cultural differences are a vital part of the success of this country. In healthcare alone, we embrace those attributes among our workforce, patients, and visitors which are critical to our mission of caring for patients within the United States and from around the world.” Previously, Cosgrove had no comment on the president's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.
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Jamie DimonJP Morganin as of 8/14/17
On Charlottesville, said: "We were all disturbed by the bigotry and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend and pray for the victims, their families and the healing of the community. The racist behavior 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.

The violence was a stark reminder that we must recommit ourselves every day as a society to stand up and uphold the values that bind us as Americans. As a firm, we have dedicated ourselves to advancing the American dream of economic opportunity for all, including programs for our employees and our Corporate Responsibility initiatives to build wealth and economic mobility among families and entrepreneurs of color.

...My hope is that the business community can continue to be a leader in this effort."
On the Paris Accord, said: "I absolutely disagree with the Administration on this issue, but we have a responsibility to engage our elected officials to work constructively and advocate for policies that improve people's lives and protect our environment."
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Larry FinkBlackRockin as of 8/14/17
In a quote obtained by the Financial News of London, Fink said, "I do not agree with all of the President’s policies and decisions, including today's announcement to exit the US from the Paris Agreement which I believe is a critical step forward in addressing climate change." https://www.fnlondon.com/articles/goldman-and-blackrock-chiefs-lead-finances-revolt-on-trumps-climate-call-20170602
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Bob IgerDisneyout of council on 6/1/17
Tweeted: "As a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the president’s council over the Paris Agreement withdrawal.”
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Travis KalanickUberout of council on 2/2/17
Quit council in wake of President Trump's travel ban, saying, "There are many ways we will continue to advocate for just change on immigration, but staying on the council was going to get in the way of that.”
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Rich LesserBCGin as of 8/14/17
"We are disappointed at the United States government’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement and its potential impact on global efforts to address climate change. Climate change is real and the substantial negative impact that it will have on our world is supported by clear and robust science. In addition, renewable and other advanced energy technologies will become a very significant industry. Withdrawal from the agreement may reduce the opportunity for the US to be a global leader in these technologies.

"This setback will not deter BCG from contributing our ideas and support to helping the world address climate change. We will do this through our on-going research, by working with leading companies and with governments around the world, through our own sustainability efforts, and with our support to leading NGOs. We must all step forward to take on this urgent challenge." -- Rich Lesser, in a statement posted to BCG's website https://www.bcg.com/d/news/1June2017-Rich-Lesser-Statement-Paris-Climate-Agreement-159382
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Doug McMillonWal-Martin as of 8/14/17
"As we watched the events and the response from President Trump over the weekend, we too felt that he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting the appalling actions of white supremacists,” McMillon said in a statement on August 14. “His remarks today were a step in the right direction and we need that clarity and consistency in the future."

In a Facebook post in June, in reply to the Paris Accord decision, McMillon said, "Disappointed in today's news about the Paris Agreement. We think it's important for countries to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I'm proud that Walmart has led on renewable energy and emission reductions for more than a decade, and that we're continuing to lead through Project Gigaton. It's the right thing to do for our customers, our business, and the environment." On the matter of the advisory committee, a company spokesperson said: "On the advisory committee question, we feel it is important to engage with the advisory committee and that’s why Doug will continue to be involved. We see the advisory board as an opportunity to work with a well-respected group."
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Jim McNerneyformerly of Boeingin as of 8/14/17no public comment
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Elon MuskTesla, SpaceXout of council on 6/1/17
"Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world."
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Indra NooyiPepsiin as of 8/14/17
Company said: "Climate change is one of the most important issues of our time and requires coordinated global action. The Paris Agreement was designed as a framework to help protect our planet while also spurring innovation and economic growth in participating countries. While we are disappointed with the announcement, we hope there is a way for the accord to move forward with the U.S. at the table."

On 8/12/17, Nooyi tweeted in response to the white supremacist march on Charlottesville: "Heartbroken by the violence in #Charlottesville. Hate and intolerance are a betrayal of what we stand for as Americans."
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Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi
Global Infrastructure Partners
in as of 8/14/17
declined to comment on both Charlottesville and the Paris Climate Accord
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Ginni RomettyIBMin as of 8/14/17
Company statement: "IBM today is reaffirming its support for the Paris Climate Agreement and stating clearly how we will continue our decades-long work to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Our call for an international agreement on this issue is more than a decade old, and we first voiced our support for the Paris Agreement in 2015 when it was negotiated.

“… IBM believes all sectors of society, the economy, and governments worldwide must participate in solutions to climate change.” https://www.ibm.com/blogs/policy/ibm-supports-paris-climate-agreement/
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Stephen SchwarzmanBlackstonein as of 8/14/17
“Bigotry, hatred and extremism are an affront to core American values and have no place in this country,” Mr. Schwartzman said in a statement. “I am deeply saddened and troubled by the tragic events in Charlottesville. My heartfelt condolences go out to the victims and their families. As the President said today, I believe we need to find a path forward to heal the wounds left by this tragedy and address its underlying causes. Encouraging tolerance and understanding must be a core national imperative and I will work to further that goal.”

In June, after the president's decision on Paris, a spokesperson confirmed Schwarzman will stay in the Forum, calling it a "useful vehicle for the President to hear a multitude of different viewpoints and Steve is happy to play a role, as he has helped president’s from both parties in the past."
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Kevin Warsh
Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
in as of 8/14/17no public comment
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Mark WeinbergerEYin as of 8/14/17
Of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Weinberger said: "Bigotry and hatred have no place in our society. I am deeply saddened and disturbed by the tragic, deplorable acts that took place in Charlottesville this weekend. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those directly affected by the senseless actions, and the many, many more indirectly affected. With more than 42,000 people in the US and 250,000 people around the world, EY is proud to be an inclusive organization. Now is the time for business leaders and government to unite to ensure we become stronger through our differences." He did not make specific mention of Trump's response to the Charlottesville events and, previously, had no comment on the Paris Climate Accord decision.
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Jack Welchformerly of GEin as of 8/14/17
In August, Mr. Welch was not available to comment on Trump's response to the white supremacist march on Charlottesville. In June, a spokesperson said, "Mr. Welch is a supporter of the President and is pleased to stay on as a member of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum.”
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Daniel Yergin
Vice Chairman of IHS Markit
in as of 8/14/17
declined to comment on Paris Accords; did not reply to request for comment on Trump's Charlottesville response.
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Manufacturing Jobs Initiative
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Andrew LiverisDow Chemicalin as of 8/14/17
On Charlottesville, he said: "I condemn the violence this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones and with the people of Virginia. In Dow there is no room for hatred, racism, or bigotry. Dow will continue to work to strengthen the social and economic fabric of the communities where it operates – including supporting policies that help create employment opportunities in manufacturing and rebuild the American workforce.”

In an earlier statement about the Paris Accord, he said: ”While we are disappointed in the decision to withdraw the United States from its commitments in the Paris Climate Agreement, we understand there are always many potential solutions to challenges and are eager to work toward alternative solutions. We will continue to collaborate with President Trump as well as other businesses, NGOs and academics to continue to advocate for smart policies that enable the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions and ensure that global markets stay open to American exports and innovation.”
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Bill BrownHarris Corpin as of 8/14/17
Declined to comment on Charlottesville. In June, provided this statement: "It is important for industry to remain engaged with the new Administration on issues critical to our economy, and I intend to remain on the President’s White House Manufacturing Advisory Council.”
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Michael DellDell Technologiesin as of 8/14/17
statement: "Climate change is adversely affecting our planet. It requires a sustained global focus on mitigation and adaptation. We will continue to work with our customers, communities and suppliers on a strong global approach to tackling the issue using our technologies, while continuing to take meaningful steps to manage our own greenhouse gas emissions footprint and environmental impact.

8/14/17 statement: "there’s no change in Dell engaging with the Trump administration and governments around the world to share our perspective on policy issues that affect our company, customers and employees."
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John FerriolaNucor Corporationin as of 8/14/17no public comment
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Jeff FettigWhirlpoolin as of 8/14/17
Jeff Fettig statement: “At Whirlpool Corporation, we are passionate about improving our consumers’ quality of life while minimizing our environmental impact on the communities in which we operate.”

Company statement: ”Whirlpool Corporation today [6/2/17] stated that nothing will change in its long-standing strategic belief and operational commitment to improving the environment in light of the Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.”

A spokesperson added: "In his capacity with the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, Jeff Fettig was asked to provide input and advice to the president and his administration on ways to strengthen U.S. manufacturing competitiveness in order to create jobs in the United States. We will continue to provide fact based input to this Initiative to help U.S. strengthen jobs.”
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Mark Fieldsformerly of Ford Motor
no longer CEO (as of May 2017)
In June, Ford noted that it has no active executive on any council. A company statement reads, "We believe climate change is real, and remain deeply committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our vehicles and our facilities. Our commitment to sustainability is why we’re investing so heavily in electrification and adding 13 new electrified vehicles to our lineup."
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Ken FrazierMerckout of council on 8/14/17
Resigned after Trump's response to Charlottesville incident. "America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal."
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Alex GorskyJohnson & Johnsonin as of 8/15/17
Gorsky stated, on 8/15/17: "At Johnson & Johnson we are deeply saddened by the horrific events that occurred in Charlottesville this past weekend. Intolerance, racism, and violence have no place in our society. Several members have made the decision to leave President Trump’s White House Manufacturing Advisory Council, and I respect their decision as a matter of personal conscience. Given the events of the past few days, I can understand the concerns—even the fear—that some people have expressed. These are difficult days for everyone. In the end, I have concluded that Johnson & Johnson has a responsibility to remain engaged, not as a way to support any specific political agenda, but as a way to represent the values of Our Credo as crucial public policy is discussed and developed. "Ours is an important voice on healthcare, one that global leaders at every level, in and out of government, need to hear. If we aren’t in the room advocating for global health as a top priority, if we aren’t there standing up for our belief in diversity and inclusion, or if we fail to speak out when the situation demands it, then we have abdicated our Credo responsibility. We must engage if we hope to change the world and those who lead it.”

In June, a JNJ spokesperson said: "Johnson and Johnson has a longstanding commitment to the health of our environment because we believe environmental health and human health are inextricably linked. We have established science-based goals to decrease our carbon footprint and we remain committed to achieving them. We will continue to work with global coalitions and governments around the world to promote low carbon solutions and actions that mitigate environmental impact and advance public health. "In addition, Alex will remain on the committee."
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Greg HayesUnited Technologiesin as of 8/14/17
declined to comment on Paris Accord; did not immediately provide a comment on Charlottesville
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Marillyn HewsonLockheed Martinin as of 8/14/17
declined to comment on Trump's Charlottesville response
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Jeff ImmeltGEin as of 8/14/17
On 8/14/17, GE said: “GE has no tolerance for hate, bigotry or racism, and we strongly condemn the violent extremism in Charlottesville over the weekend. GE is a proudly inclusive company with employees who represent all religions, nationalities, sexual orientations and races. With more than 100,000 employees in the United States, it is important for GE to participate in the discussion on how to drive growth and productivity in the U.S., therefore, Jeff Immelt will remain on the Presidential Committee on American Manufacturing while he is the Chairman of GE.” In June, Immelt said: "Disappointed with today’s decision on the Paris Agreement. Climate change is real. Industry must now lead and not depend on government."
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Jim KamsickasDana Incin as of 8/14/17no public comment
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Klaus Kleinfeldformerly Arconic
no longer CEO (as of April 2017)
Arconic declined to comment
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Brian KrzanichIntelout of council on 8/14/17
"Earlier today, I tendered my resignation from the American Manufacturing Council. I resigned 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. Politics and political agendas have sidelined the important mission of rebuilding America’s manufacturing base.

"I have already made clear my abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville, and earlier today I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence. I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them. We should honor – not attack – those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does."
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Rich KyleThe Timken Companyin as of 8/14/17
On the Paris Accord, a spokesperson said, "Timken has a long history of collaborating with policymakers to advance manufacturing’s role in the global economy. We will continue to engage with government officials and various stakeholders worldwide, including the U.S. administration and Congress, as they work through complex issues.

"Timken is committed to environmental sustainability, creating energy-saving innovations with our friction management and mechanical power transmission products and services. We remain focused on industrial solutions for the evolving energy markets we serve around the world -- both in traditional areas like oil and gas, and in emerging areas like wind energy. As always, we will be guided by the needs of our customers, partnering with them to solve the challenges of today and tomorrow."
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Thea Lee
AFL-CIO (deputy chief of staff)
out on 8/15/17
"AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and I have resigned from the Manufacturing Council." https://twitter.com/TheaLee1/status/897578267431108608
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Mario LonghiUS Steel
no longer CEO (as of May 2017)
Company said: "Former CEO Mario Longhi retired from U. S. Steel on June 30, 2017. Subsequently, he is no longer a member of the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative."
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Denise MorrisonCampbell Soupout of council on 8/16/17
8/16/17: "Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville. I believe the President should have been – and still needs to be – unambiguous on that point.

"Following yesterday’s remarks from the President, I cannot remain on the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative. I will continue to support all efforts to spur economic growth and advocate for the values that have always made America great."

June 2017, through a spokesperson: “Our support of the Paris Climate Agreement is clear and unambiguous. Although the Trump Administration decided to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, Ms. Morrison will continue to participate in the President’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, as we recognize the importance of growing the U.S. economy and creating manufacturing jobs. We continue to believe that it is important for Campbell to have a voice on the critical issues that will impact our industry, our company and our employees.”
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Dennis MuilenburgBoeingin as of 8/14/17no public comment
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Elon MuskTesla, SpaceXout as of 6/1/17
"Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world."
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Doug Oberhelmanformerly, Caterpillar
retired from Caterpillar 3/31/17
no public comment
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Scott Paul
Alliance for American Manufacturing
out of council on 8/15/17
On 8/15/17, tweeted, "I'm resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it's the right thing for me to do." In June, following Trump's decision on the Paris accords, Paul told the New York Times, "I have had profound disagreements with the Trump administration on several issues, but stepping away from an advisory role on manufacturing policy doesn’t make sense.”
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Kevin PlankUnder Armourout of council on 8/14/17
On 8/14/17, tweeted: "We are saddened by #Charlottesville. There is no place for racism or discrimination in this world. We choose love & unity." Later in the day, he announced he was leaving the council with this statement: ""I joined the American Manufacturing Council because I believed it was important for Under Armour to have an active seat at the table and represent our industry. We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing. However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.

"I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have decided to step down from the council. I love our country and our company and will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion." In June, in an online statement, Plank said: "In 2015, the United States signed a contract with all of our closest allies and 194 member nations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. I believe in keeping one’s word and doing everything possible to execute on our commitments. We at Under Armour are disappointed by the Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement as climate change continues to threaten our planet, our cities and our economies. Climate change is real and must be taken seriously by our business community, our customers, our neighbors and our elected officials. Sustainability has always been part of our DNA: it’s integral to how we live and work and is essential to our environment. As a business leader concerned with creating American jobs, I disagree with the decision to exit the Paris Accord.Our word matters and it is our collective responsibility to help protect Mother Earth." http://investor.underarmour.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1028849
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Michael PolkNewell Brandsin as of 8/14/17
On Charlottesville: “We find the events of this past weekend in Charlottesville to be incredibly troubling. There is simply no place in our society for racism of any kind, white supremacy, or Neo-Nazism. The values that form these views are intolerable and completely contrary to everything we hold true as proud Americans. We reject and condemn all that hate stands for and hope that as a society, we can come together as one in this view. For its part, Newell Brands has always been and will always be committed to diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our business.”

Earlier statement on climate change: “Climate change is an important issue to our company and the future of our environment.” Regarding MJI committee: "We look forward to continuing to contribute to the dialogue and the development of policies that create a more vibrant economy in the U.S.”
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Mark SuttonInternational Paperin as of 8/14/17
8/14/17: "International Paper strongly condemns the violence that took place in Charlottesville over the weekend - there is no place for hatred, bigotry and racism in our society. We are a company that fosters an inclusive workforce where all employees are valued and treated with dignity and respect. Through our participation on the Manufacturing Jobs Council, we will work to strengthen the social and economic fabric of communities across the country by creating employment opportunities in manufacturing."

In June: "You are never going to agree with all decisions that are made by elected officials, that's why It's best that we continue to engage with the administration and work constructively toward the best possible outcomes," Mark Sutton told CNBC on June 2. A spokesperson also noted that in a previous statement, Sutton said, "Nothing changes for us. We made commitments publicly to reduce our environmental footprint, we're working on those commitments, not only on greenhouse gases, but water and other environmental goals - we think it's the right thing to do and we will continue down that path."
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Inge Thulin3Mout of council on 8/16/17
Tweeted resignation on 8/16: https://twitter.com/3m/status/897856267120648194
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Richard TrumkaAFL-CIOout of council on 8/15/17
8/14/17: “The AFL-CIO has unequivocally denounced the actions of bigoted domestic terrorists in Charlottesville and called on the President to do the same. We are aware of the decisions by other members of the President’s Manufacturing Council, which has yet to hold any real meeting, and are assessing our role. While the AFL-CIO will remain a powerful voice for the freedoms of working people, there are real questions into the effectiveness of this council to deliver real policy that lifts working families.” - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

In June, said: "A deteriorating environment is not the only thing at stake here. When our leaders isolate America from the rest of the world, it hurts our ability to raise incomes for working families and achieve fairness in the global economy. The U.S. labor movement will continue to urge the United States to stay in the agreement so we can achieve the best outcomes for America’s workers." https://aflcio.org/press/releases/paris-climate-agreement-withdrawal-failure-american-leadership
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Wendell WeeksCorningin as of 8/14/17
A spokesperson said, "Corning remains committed to doing everything we can to protects the environment and reduce harmful greenhouse gases, which are a significant contributor to global warming. We encourage the Administration to continue working to effectively manage climate change. As a company, we are proud to have been a critical player in the global fight for clearer air for almost 45 years. We remain committed to developing market-leading emissions control solutions that help our customers meet new emissions standards and make the air cleaner worldwide.

"Corning views participating in the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative as an opportunity to remain engaged in conversations with the Administration on a range of issues."
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