President Trump has been steadily losing the support of his advisory councils since his comments after the August 12 events in Charlottesville took place. Trump said there was “blame on many sides,” and many people have become incensed at his comments that there were “very fine people on both sides.”
Now, following in step with the others, several members of another advisory council have resigned – Trump’s infrastructure advisory council, which has now been scrapped due to such a mass exodus of the committee’s members. These resignations come just a day before the council was scheduled to hold its quarterly business meeting. This makes the fourth committee that has had so many members resign that Trump has had no choice but to eliminate it.
A White House official told CNBC:
‘The President’s Advisory Council on Infrastructure, which was still being formed, will not move forward.’
After mass resignation of business leaders on 2 other councils, the President's Advisory Council on Infrastructure will no longer be formed.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) August 17, 2017
The White House Infrastructure Advisory Council’s job is to advise the president and the Department of Homeland Security on the security of critical U.S. infrastructure and information systems. According to CNBC:
‘Trump signed an executive order to start setting up the council last month. A nonprofit had sued the Trump administration over the council, saying the president tried to set it up without the require public disclosures, according to The New York Times.’
This council was originally formed by former president George W. Bush with the intention of having up to 30 members. Members have to be appointed by the president from the private sector, academia, and state and local government.
On August 16, Trump tweeted this about ending The Manufacturing Council and Strategy & Policy Forum:
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
Here were some responses regarding the latest advisory council resignations.
How's that business advisory council going? Or the manufacturing council? What about the infrastructure council? He's incompetent & impotent
— Jesus of Suburbia (@nelson__isaac) August 19, 2017
Another #WhiteHouse council bites the dust aftr Pres defends Nazis/KKK.
Trump's Infrastructure Advisory Council goes downhill. #hardball
— nicki ? (@nickiknowsnada) August 17, 2017
Is there any indication the President cares about advisory anyway?
— Honest Donald Trump (@honestDonJTrump) August 17, 2017
And you still haven't called on POTUS to resign or Congress to act. Shame!
— Ted_The_Nude_Rocket_Fan (@CentralFLTed) August 17, 2017
What an idiot. He attacks everyone then wonders why no one likes or supports him? what a leader lol
— beach_panda (@panda8669) August 17, 2017
Walmart CEO, Doug McMillon, a member of Trump’s council on economic development, blasted Trump on Tuesday saying:
‘As we watched the events and the response from President Trump over the weekend, we too felt that he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting the appalling actions of white supremacists.’
As the New York Post pointed out with their latest cover, Trump’s administration is like watching “Survivor: White House Edition” with continuing weekly episodes. Who will be next to go and how many? Will they resign or be fired? Stay tuned for next week’s edition.
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