Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich quits Trump's manufacturing council

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Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich quits Trump's manufacturing council

Intel global chief Brian Krzanich has resigned from US President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council amid a tense political climate.

Krzanich said he resigned in order to call attention to the harm that the "divided political climate" was causing to critical issues like manufacturing. He specifically cited recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one counter-protester was killed in a clash with white supremacists.

"I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them," Krzanich wrote in a blog post. "We should honour – not attack – those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does."

He added that the issue of promoting American manufacturing should not become political.

"My request—my plea—to everyone involved in our political system is this: set scoring political points aside and focus on what is best for the nation as a whole. The current environment must change, or else our nation will become a shadow of what it once was and what it still can and should be."

Krzanich's resignation was preceded by the resignation of two other members the same day; chief executive of pharmaceutical firm Merck Ken Frazier, and the chief executive of sports brand Under Armour Kevin Plank.

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