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Trump Says He’s ‘Ending’ 2 Economic Councils After Members Resign

President Trump announced in a tweet Wednesday that he had decided to disband his American Manufacturing Council and his Strategic and Policy Forum. “Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!” Trump wrote. He made the announcement shortly after reports surfaced that the forum had decided to disband in light of the president’s response to the weekend’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The manufacturing council, meanwhile, had been rapidly losing members because of Trump’s comments, in which he blamed “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville; seven executives had already left the group this week.

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