Frazier explained that as the CEO of Merck and a matter of personal conscience, he felt it necessary to take a stand against both intolerance and extremism.
"I am resigning from the President's American Manufacturing Council," Frazier said. "America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal."
In response to Frazier's statement, Trump posted a Twitter message of his own saying, "Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to lower rip-off drug prices!"
Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President's Manufacturing Council,he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 14 августа 2017 г.
On Sunday, White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert tried to explain Trump's reaction, saying that the US president did not mention the far-right groups in his statement because he did not want to dignify the movement.