President Trump attacked Kenneth Frazier Monday morning, minutes after the Merck CEO resigned from the President’s Manufacturing Council.
Frazier’s announcement came as the White House is embroiled in controversy for its response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that left one counterprotester and two state police officers dead.
“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,” Frazier said.
Trump quickly ripped Frazier on 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!”
Trump drew widespread criticism, including from Republicans, for not more forcefully denouncing the white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. A number of lawmakers also implored the president to say publicly that incident was an act of terrorism. Trump only condemned violence from “both sides.”
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” Trump said Saturday.
Frazier is the second high-profile departure from the council. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, resigned in June after Trump announced the U.S. would leave the Paris climate agreement. Trump did not publicly respond to Musk’s resignation.