Amid rising tensions within the Trump administration, following alt-right protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, the president has dissolved his Strategic and Policy Forum, which has included CEOs and business leaders from the automotive industry, first reported by CNBC.
Namely, General Motors CEO Mary Barra was an essential part of the panel and was the only leader to represent the U.S. auto industry. Former Ford CEO Mark Fields left following his ouster at the company and Tesla CEO Elon Musk quit after President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.
The president tweeted the news of the panel’s disbandment just as members began to leave their seats at the table over the president’s remarks surrounding the violence that occurred this past weekend.
“Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!” the president wrote.
Just yesterday, President Trump‘s forum said Barra remained committed to the group and there was “no change” to her membership. Today, the forum no longer exists, which was meant to provide a link between the private sector and federal government. Activist groups have called for CEOs to step down from their membership of the forum, of which many obliged. Barra, it seems, was not swayed.
Having a seat at the table with the President of the United States is no consolation prize, and it’s likely Barra was willing to ride out any backlash in favor of what could have been accomplished. Thanks to what may be a dose of fortunate luck, she won’t have to make that serious decision herself.
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