Walmart CEO: Trump ‘Missed a Critical Opportunity to Help Bring Our Country Together’
As more CEOs step down from a White House advisory council, another major CEO is criticizing President Trump for his initial reaction to Charlottesville.
Here is McMillion’s full statement:
Respect for the individual is one of our core beliefs at Walmart. And the role we play in communities around the country to build a more diverse and inclusive society is more critical than ever as the tragic events in Charlottesville over the weekend painfully reminded us. Our prayers are with the victims and their families.
As we watched the events and the response from President Trump over the weekend, we too felt that he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting the appalling actions of white supremacists. His remarks today were a step in the right direction and we need that clarity and consistency in the future.
Our country is facing some very difficult issues that require our elected officials, business leaders and community-based organizations to work together. Representing a company with the largest and one of the most diverse groups of associates in the U.S., and an even more diverse customer base of tens of millions of customers, we believe we should stay engaged to try to influence decisions in a positive way and help bring people together. I will continue to strongly advocate on behalf of our associates and customers, and urge our elected officials to do their part to promote a more just, tolerant and diverse society.
Thank you for representing Walmart and our values today — and every day.
CEOs from Merck, Under Armour, and Intel, as well as the President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, all stepped down from the White House’s manufacturing advisory council. President Trump blasted them this morning as “grandstanders.”
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