Walmart CEO Doug McMillon says President Trump “missed a critical opportunity” in his response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. AP
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon has criticized President Trump for failing to “unequivocally” reject white supremacists in the aftermath of their violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“As we watched the events and the response from President Trump over the weekend, we too felt that he missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together by unequivocally rejecting the appalling actions of white supremacists,” McMillon wrote in a statement posted to Walmart’s website Tuesday.
Trump drew widespread criticism Saturday after he condemned the violence in Charlottesville “from many sides,” without specifically denouncing white supremacists or racism.
On Monday, he delivered more pointed remarks and specifically called out neo-Nazis, racism, and the KKK.
“Racism is evil —and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” he said.
McMillon said Trump’s remarks on Monday “were a step in the right direction and we need that clarity and consistency in the future.”
McMillon made the statement after the chief executives of Merck, Under Armour, and Intel resigned Monday from a presidential advisory council for manufacturing, in the wake of the fallout from Trump’s remarks on Charlottesville.
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