President Trump abruptly announced Wednesday he is disbanding his manufacturing council of business leaders as well as his CEO strategy and policy forum.
"Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!" Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon.
Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2017
The unexpected change came minutes after the eighth CEO resigned from the manufacturing council.
Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison said she will step down due to Trump's handling of the Charlottesville protests and car attack Saturday.
"Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville. I believe the President should have been - and still needs to be - unambiguous on that point," Morrison said in a statement.
"Following yesterday's remarks from the President, I cannot remain on the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative. I will continue to support all efforts to spur economic growth and advocate for the values that have always made America great," Morrison added.
Morrison is the eighth person to leave the group since last weekend's violent rally in Charlottesville, Va. Of the original 28 members, only 16 people remain.
At about the same time, a group of CEOs decided to disband their strategy forum that was formed to advise Trump.
On Tuesday, Trump dismissed the resignations as company leaders being "embarrassed" they make products outside the U.S. despite their being on a task force that advocates for U.S. jobs and economic issues.