President Trump ripped the CEO of Merck who resigned today from a White House advisory committee in an apparent response to the president’s weak response to the violence in Charlottesville, in which he blamed “many sides” for the mayhem.
CEO Ken Frazier released a statement, “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."
As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism,” he said.
Trump responded via Twitter: “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council he will have more time to “LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES.”
Merck earned $2.3B on $19.4B first-half revenues.