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Trump abruptly ends manufacturing council after CEOs disband strategic and policy forum


President Donald Trump walks towards the White House on the South Lawn after disembarking Marine One in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.

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President Donald Trump walks towards the White House on the South Lawn after disembarking Marine One in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.

Since Monday, several members of the manufacturing council stepped down in response to comments Trump made both Saturday and Tuesday.

A member of the Strategic and Policy Forum described Trump’s defiant press conference on Tuesday as a “tripwire.”

Business leaders heard from employees and customers about their role on the council.

“There really was nothing to debate,” the member said.

The Strategic and Policy Forum, led by Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman, featured:

  • Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners
  • Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors
  • Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic
  • Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase
  • Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
  • Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group
  • Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Jim McNerney, Former Chairman, President, and CEO, Boeing
  • Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo
  • Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
  • Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM
  • Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY
  • Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric
  • Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit

Disney CEO Bob Iger, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick previously left the forum.

Several business leaders, beginning with Merck CEO Ken Frazier on Monday, left Trump’s manufacturing council this week.

This story is developing. Please check back for further updates.


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— CNBC’s Patti Domm contributed to this report.

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