Day after day, the media has been filled with news of someone else dropping out of President Trump’s economic councils. Seemingly, Trump’s response was to end the councils altogether, something he announced in a Tweet on Wednesday.
Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2017
Trump’s decision comes on the heels of the latest member leaving the council. Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup Co. Morrison quit the council, just an hour after Inge Thulin, chief executive of 3M walked after deciding the council wasn’t a good fit for 3M to advance its goals.
“Sustainability, diversity and inclusion are my personal values and also fundamental to the 3M Vision. The past few months have provided me with an opportunity to reflect upon my commitment to these values,” Thulin said in a statement released by the company.
Many of the members who quit stepped away in response to what they considered Trump’s lack of haste in denouncing the acts of hate groups during protests and destruction this week, saying he should have responded faster and made a firmer stance against hate and bigotry. Color of Change even launched a campaign called #QuitTheCouncil in a grassroots movement to force leaders to take a closer look at what’s going on in the White House.
President Trump posted a tweet earlier this week which claimed he had someone ready to step in for every person who quit the council. So, why then, did he disband them?
For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2017
The truth is, he didn’t.
The two economic councils which were disbanded included the Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum. Trump did make the decision to disband the Manufacturing Council, but the decision to disband the Strategic and Policy Forum was made by members of the forum as well as Trump.
Naturally, when President Trump posted his tweet about disbanding the groups, the left went nuts and made statements about Trump doing things like “taking his toys and going home.” There is no denying that President Trump has an ego that wants to take all the credit for any decisions made, but this time it may not serve him well. To those who don’t know the decisions were not Trump’s alone, it looks like he makes conflicting statements. On the other hand, there are only so many characters that can fit in a tweet, so Trump may have made a seeming boast abut disbanding the economic councils based on lack of space rather than ego.