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Another business leader just quit Trump's manufacturing council

On Tuesday, Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul announced his resignation from President Trump's American Manufacturing Council. "I'm resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it's the right thing to do," the representative for U.S. steelworkers tweeted Tuesday morning.

Paul is the fourth person this week to resign from Trump's council — and it's only Tuesday. Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, and Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank have also quit.

Frazier cited Trump's hesitancy to directly condemn white supremacists in the aftermath of the weekend's violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying it was his "responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism." Krzanich said he was stepping down to "call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues," while Plank said he was leaving to "focus on inspiring and uniting through power of sport."

Trump has brushed off the resignations, tweeting Tuesday morning that "for every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place."