Trump Council Reportedly Agreed to Dissolve Before Trump Tweeted He Was Disbanding Them
Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump tweeted his decision to end the Presidential manufacturing council, and the 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 wrote.
But was it really his decision?
According to The Wall Street Journal, it was actually the CEOs who opted to break up the strategy and policy forum, not Trump. The Journal reports that Stephen A. Schwarzman — the CEO of Blackstone Group LP called the President to inform him of the group’s intentions to disband.
The Journal described the conversation between Schwarzman and Trump as cordial. The President then posted his Tweet, announcing that he was dissolving the councils.
In a statement, IBM’s CEO Ginni Rometty confirmed the Journal‘s account that it was the executives who made the call. Via MSNBC producer Kyle Griffin:
Statement from IBM CEO Ginni Rometty to employees makes clear CEOs chose to disband the President’s Strategy and Policy Forum, not Trump. pic.twitter.com/fsbo8cxvOx
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 16, 2017
The other group manufacturing council has had a slew of defections ever since Monday — starting with Merck Pharmaceuticals CEO Ken Frazier. As many as 12 of the council’s 28 members were reported to have pulled out prior to Trump’s Wednesday Tweet.
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