AFL-CIO head is latest to resign from jobs panel, saying Trump ‘tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism’

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AFL-CIO Secretary Treasuer Richard Trumka speaks at the plenary session July 15, 2009 at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) convention on July 15, 2009 in New York, New York. The NAACP is holding their 100th anniversary celebrations this week, with a job fair, a convention, and other activities in the city. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is losing a fifth member of his manufacturing jobs council: AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.

The union leader says: “We cannot sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism. President Trump’s remarks today repudiate his forced remarks yesterday about the KKK and neo-Nazis.”

In remarks Tuesday in New York City, Trump seemed to defend some people marching with white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia. The protest Saturday over the removal of a Confederate statute led to violence and the death of one counter-protester.

Among those who’ve left the panel are the chief executives for Merck, Under Armour and Intel and the president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.

Trump says the departures were due to his criticism of some of those companies making products overseas.

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