Amid President Trump's failure of leadership after Charlottesville, Va., corporate executives fled Trump's manufacturing council until the group was forced to dissolve.

This wasn't the first such moment — Elon Musk fled Trump's orbit after the president pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate treaty, which could enrich Musk's subsidy-dependent companies.

It's not hard to imagine plenty more folks from corporate America running away from him soon.

Corporate executives are very protective of their self-image (when you're already very rich, prestige becomes a most coveted asset) and their company's brand reputation. Trump, whose popularity is very low among the populace and near zero in elite circles, does not reflect well on CEOs. Expect fewer and fewer executives to stand side-by-side with him.

Also, I wouldn't be surprised to see the folks from Wall Street, K Street, and Big Business leave his administration. For instance, in his (unwitting) interview with the American Prospect, Trump confidant Steve Bannon explained how he is constantly fighting against Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and adviser Gary Cohn, both alumni of big finance.

Will Bannon be fired? If he's not fired, will Cohn and Mnuchin — who probably have plenty of reason to dislike their jobs — quit? That wouldn't shock me, and it could spur a mass exodus of K Streeters and Wall Streeters, and C-suiters from TrumpWorld.

Timothy P. Carney, the Washington Examiner's commentary editor, can be contacted at His column appears Tuesday nights on