Apple Inc. (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook has become the latest CEO to criticize President Donald Trump's response to the events in Charlottesville, VA.
In an to employees Wednesday, Cook described the events in Charlottesville as "repulsive" and said he disagreed with Trump over the idea that the two sides were equally to blame for the deadly clash between far-right Nazi sympathizers and those protesting against them.
"Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans," Cook wrote according to the Wall Street Journal.
"What occurred in Charlottesville has no place in our country," he wrote. "We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it. This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality."
Apple with donate $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. The company will match employee contributions 2-for-1 to those organizations and human rights groups in the next month, Cook said, and will also enable a donation function on iTunes.
Apple shares closed at $160.95 in New York Wednesday.
Cook is the latest corporate leader to condemn the president for his fiery remarks. Trump yesterday disbanded his manufacturing council and strategic and policy forum comprised of dozens of CEO advisers, after CEOs began to defect due to equivocal reaction to the racist violence.
Merck (MRK) CEO Ken Frazier was the first executive to exit Trump's manufacturing council, announcing his resignation on Monday morning.
Frazier's exit was followed by the CEOs on Under Armour (UA) and Intel (INTC) . On Tuesday, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, Alliance for American Manufacturing president Scott Paul, and former AFL-CIO deputy chief of staff Thea Lee.
And on Wednesday morning as pressure continued to build after Trump's fiery press conference, 3M (MMM) CEO Inge Thulin said he would quit the manufacturing council. So did Campbell Soup (CPB) chief executive Denise Morrison, marking a reversal from her statement on Monday that she would indeed remain on.
Most others waited to say they were exiting or to comment on Charlottesville until after news broke that both councils would be disbanded, either by their own members or, if you believe the president, by Trump himself.
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