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Merck CEO resigns from Trump's American Manufacturing Council over Charlottesville

By Reuters

Aug 14, 2017

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Merck & Co Inc Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier resigned from U.S. President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council on Monday, saying he was taking a stand against intolerance and extremism.

Frazier, who is African-American, is the only CEO so far to leave one of Trump's advisory councils because of his reaction to the violence in Virginia. "As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism," he said in a statement.

Trump responded in a tweet, saying now that "Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!"

Read the full story at reuters.com.

Editor's note: Merck (NYSE: MRK) was trading up $0.29 at 62.67 as of 2:19 p.m. EDT Monday.