Merck CEO and Chairman Kenneth C. Frazier has resigned from a presidential council in a direct response to President Trump’s remarks about “many sides” being to blame for violence over the weekend in Charlottesville.
Frazier, who is An African-American, said Monday he was resigning from the council over Trump’s response to a racist terror attack in Charlottesville over the weekend, arguing U.S. leaders must “clearly reject expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.”
“Our country’s strength stems from its diversity and the contributions made by men and women of different faiths, races, sexual orientations and political beliefs,” Frazier said in a statement that did not mention Trump by name.
“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,” he continued.
“As CEO of Merck, and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism.”
Following the announcement, President Trump responded by firing off an angry tweet accusing Frazier of “ripping people off.”
“Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!” the president wrote on Twitter.