AFL-CIO Resigns from Trump’s Jobs Council after Trump Blames ‘Both Sides’

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National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (Don Ryan/AP)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Danielle Paquette on August 15, 2017.

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, the largest group of labor unions in the country, resigned from President Trump’s manufacturing council Wednesday evening, with the labor leader saying he refused to accept any tolerance of “bigotry and domestic terrorism.”

“President Trump’s remarks today repudiate his forced remarks yesterday about the KKK and neo-Nazis,” Trumka said in a statement. “We must resign on behalf of America’s working people, who reject all notions of legitimacy of these bigoted groups.”

Trumka announced earlier this week that he was “assessing” his role on Trump’s bench of factory-job advisers after the president took two days to explicitly condemn a white supremacist rally that turned deadly in Charlottesville. …

The Washington Post 8/15

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