African American CEO Kenneth Frazier quits Trump panel after Charlottesville

Trump attacks Merck boss on Twitter minutes after he announces departure with statement calling for rejection of ‘hatred, bigotry, and group supremacy’

One of the US’s most high-profile African American executives has quit Donald Trump’s business advisory panel, citing “a responsibility to take a stand against violence and extremism”.

Kenneth Frazier, chief executive officer of the pharmaceutical giant Merck, made the announcement Monday as Trump faces mounting criticism over his failure to directly criticize the white nationalists at the center of the weekend’s fatal protests in Charlottsville, Virginia.

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