Several corporate leaders had announced they were resigning from the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum as well as a separate manufacturing council in recent days after Trump was slow to condemn white supremacy groups. But on Twitter, Trump said it was his decision to disband both councils.
Trump’s Remarks and Reactions
“Recent events require that we come together as a country and reinforce values and ideals that united us — tolerance, inclusion and diversity — and speak against those which divide us — racism, bigotry and any politics based on ethnicity.”
— Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
Trump’s Remarks and Reactions
“It’s entirely stunning. He gave them great access. They’re on these councils, and all those industry committees are coming together. Now they’re saying ‘I can’t tolerate this.’”
— Bill George, the former CEO of Medtronic and a Harvard Business School professor
Trump’s Remarks and Reactions
“After the last few days, I concluded that I could no longer in good conscience participate in the Forum.”
— Larry Fink, chairman of BlackRock
Trump’s Remarks and Reactions
“Following yesterday's remarks from the president, I cannot remain on the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative.”
— Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup
Trump’s Remarks and Reactions
“I know times are tough for many. The lack of economic growth and opportunity has led to deep and understandable frustration among so many Americans. But fanning divisiveness is not the answer.”
— Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase
Trump’s Remarks and Reactions
“I joined the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative in January to advocate for policies that align with our values and encourage even stronger investment and job growth. ... I believe the initiative is no longer an effective vehicle for 3M to advance these goals.”
— Inge Thulin, 3M chairman and president
Trump’s Remarks and Reactions
“Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!”
— President Trump
As politicians in the United States react with varying degrees of outrage to Trump's shifting remarks on Charlottesville, the president's response has also earned him a wave of backlash from world leaders.
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Analysis
There’s no evidence that racial tensions have eased as the economic recovery has gone on. 
Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, gets a standing ovation during her remarks at a service for her daughter on Wednesday. (Reuters)
Mark Heyer, father of Heather Heyer, addresses a memorial service for his daughter on Wednesday. (The Daily Progress via AP)
The memorial service for Heather Heyer was held at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Va. (The Daily Progress via AP)
Members of the clergy pray outside the memorial service for Heather Heyer. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post) (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)
People gather at a memorial for Heather Heyer after her funeral service on Wednesday. (Salwan Georges/The Washington Post)
In the wake of Heather Heyer’s death during last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, family members, friends, politicians and strangers gathered at her funeral service to remember the liveliness and social dedication of the woman described as a born defender of her ideals.
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Analysis
Most of the controversy over Confederate monuments has centered on those in cities and states. But monuments to the confederacy are well represented at the federal level as well, particularly in the U.S. Capitol.
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Jeffrey Michael Uy, a 22-year-old West Virginia resident, has been charged with assault and attempted second-degree rape, Montgomery County police said.
The rationale is unclear, but the D.C. Department of Transportation confirmed that it removed the station this week at the Trump administration’s request.
The fire in the fourth-floor library was extinguished by sprinklers and caused minimal damage, officials said.
Washington fell, 3-2, but Ryan Zimmerman’s hustle and Michael A. Taylor’s catch showed the team’s grit in the dog days of August.
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More than a foot of rain fell in the Washington area from July 1 through Aug. 15, and some spots saw even more rain.
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Republicans are horrified by Trump’s moral equivalence on white supremacy. But he remains popular in Alabama, and they will rely on him to help their colleague, Sen. Luther Strange, secure the nomination for a special election for the U.S. Senate later this year.
Hicks, 28, one of Trump's most trusted confidants, will have a hand in finding a new White House communications chief.
Trade talks, which began Wednesday, could fulfill one of Trump's biggest political promises but they also risk upsetting the economy.
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Welcome to "crowdcasting," which gives businesses a way to drum up buzz — with a few tricks learned from Instagram.
The animal was stranded on a Spanish beach last week. Some of the people holding it and taking pictures with it accidentally covered its blowhole, which dolphins use to breathe.
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