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Trumka: AFL-CIO Could Not Tolerate Trump's Comments

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 August 2017 11:46 AM

President Donald Trump's statements Tuesday concerning the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, "unveiled his true feelings," and that was "too much" for the AFL-CIO to continue its association with him, the labor union's president, Richard Trumka, said Wednesday.

Trumka, the fifth member of the president's American Manufacturing Council to quit, told Wednesday's "CBS This Morning" the labor union could not remain part of the council after Trump blamed both sides of the protests that stunned the nation over the weekend.

"The labor movement has forever been at the tip of the spear in ending racism and bigotry," Trumka said. "We think it's not acceptable to even tolerate racism and bigotry, let alone defend it, encourage it, and aid and abet it. The president's statement really unveiled his true feelings about the situation in Charlottesville and around country."

Further, the labor chief said, the president's comments about hate-based organizations "became too much for us to be associated with that."

Trumka further said the council, which had attracted several of the nation's key CEOs, has "never met,' but business leaders should follow their conscience in deciding if they want to stay, despite Trump's "spirited defense of racism and bigotry."

Trumka also criticized Trump's claims that giving more people jobs will help end racism.

"We're all about creating jobs and opportunities for everybody," Trumka said, but if people are excluded from the jobs "because of the way they look or who they worship or who they love," then it will not help.

The AFL-CIO endorsed Trump's election, but Trumka said it rejects that groups like the KKK, neo-Nazis, or other hate groups can be legitimized.

Merck CEO Ken Frazier was first to leave the council, drawing the ire of Trump, who almost immediately attacked him on Twitter over the pharmaceutical company and rising prices for medications.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank both also stepped down Monday night, and Scott Paul, the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, resigned Tuesday, tweeting he was stepping down because it is the "right thing for me to do."

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, had already left the council earlier this year, quitting in protest after Trump's announcement the United States was pulling out of the Paris climate agreement.

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President Donald Trump's statements Tuesday concerning the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, "unveiled his true feelings," and that was "too much" for the AFL-CIO to continue its association with him, the labor union's president, Richard Trumka, said Wednesday.
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