Top labor leader resigns from Trump’s jobs council after Trump blames ‘both sides’ for Charlottesville violence


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

Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, which represents 1.6 million workers, said he wasn’t satisfied with the president’s comparatively slow response.

“As we approach the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination while standing up for the freedom of Memphis sanitation workers to be treated as human beings, it’s disgraceful that it took two full days for the president of the United States to condemn white supremacists,” he said in an email.

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