Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced the disbandment of his Policy and Strategic Forum for prominent business leaders. The president’s announcement came as numerous CEOs exited the forum over controversy surrounding alt-right protests and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Among the remaining CEOs, GM’s Mary Barra stayed on, but she has released a statement following the end of the economic panel.
“General Motors is about unity and inclusion and so am I,” Barra said in a statement. “Recent events, particularly those in Charlottesville, Va., and its aftermath, require that we come together as a country and reinforce values and ideas that unite us — tolerance, inclusion and diversity — and speak against those who divide us — racism, bigotry and any politics based on ethnicity.”
As we reported yesterday, the end of the panel likely comes as a stroke of good luck for Barra since she won’t have to face pressure from the public, shareholders and customers to leave her seat at the table. GM has previously defended her involvement citing the forum offered “a seat at an important table.” Barra had been a part of the forum from its inception.