From MONTCO: Merck CEO Speaks Out About Resigning from President’s Business Advisory Council

Ken Knickerbocker
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Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, the grandson of a man born into slavery, was the first of a series of chief executives to distance themselves from the president. (Image courtesy qz.com)

The CEO of Merck, with more than 10,000 employees in Montgomery County, is going public with his thoughts nearly a year after publicly taking on the President of the United States.

Kenneth C. Frazier, the chief executive of the pharmaceuticals company Merck, served on one of Mr. Trump’s business advisory councils in the early days of the administration, writes David Gelles for nytimes.com.

But after Mr. Trump equivocated in his response to an outburst of white nationalist violence last August in Charlottesville, Va., the advisory groups swiftly unraveled.

Mr. Frazier, the grandson of a man born into slavery, was the first of a series of chief executives to distance themselves from the president. “I feel a responsibility to take a stand against extremism,” he wrote on Merck’s Twitter account at the time.

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