August 16, 2017 / 6:19 PM / 2 years ago

Trump business policy forum says disbanding due to 'distraction'

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts to questions at his Trump Tower residence in New York, U.S., August 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum is disbanding because debate over member participation “has become a distraction” from its goals of aiding policy discussions, the business advisory group said in a statement on Wednesday.

“As such, the President and we are disbanding the Forum,” the group said. “Intolerance, racism and violence have absolutely no place in this country and are an affront to core American values,” it said, after corporate CEOs quit two Trump business advisory councils in protest at his remarks blaming violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, not only on white nationalists but also on the protesters who opposed them.

Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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