But now there are broader ramifications for the president's ill-advised and just plain offensive defense of white supremacists.
-1:20 p.m.: United Technologies CEO Greg Hayes puts out a statement, explaining his exit from the manufacturing council. "History is watching us all".
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, quit the council in June because of Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
The feud between President Donald Trump and Sen.
CEOs who jumped ship included Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck, citing 'personal conscience' as his reason for departing. Steven Bannon - founder of the far-right news site Breitbart - was reportedly "thrilled".
CORNISH: Honestly, what did these boards do?
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) joined with fellow Democrats in the request, urging House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to support the removal of the "reprehensible" statues. And you know, sometimes they've been really - they've played a significant role. Watching the press conference the other day, I kept expecting someone to open an envelope and read, "You are far from being a bad man".
The president said radical terrorism would be stopped by "whatever means necessary" and that courts needed to step up. And it met once or twice.
Of course, it's not hard to guess why the "both equally" narrative enjoys such perverse favor. They're ready to listen to corporate leaders, to do business with them.
Trump's constituency and its "alt-right" supporters have undergone something of a revival since he took office. "For the sake of our Nation - as our President - please fix this", Graham said.
ZARROLI: Well, these councils don't have any power to set policy.
Shulkin, who is Jewish, left no doubt where he stood on the protest.
To Yolanda Pierce, dean of the school of divinity at Howard University, there's been more "moral leadership" from fleeing CEOs than evangelical leaders - none of whom budged from Trump's faith advisory board.
Sessions says he believes the city's policy is partially responsible for Chicago's homicide rate.
Cory Booker (D-N.J.) pledged Wednesday night to introduce legislation to remove the statues from the Capitol.
Mrs May made it clear she disagreed with Mr Trump but failed to directly criticise him.
Mitch McConnell is furious with the president, everyone.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pauses during a campaign event September 6, 2016 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
"You can't equivocate on this", Fain told KING 5. And they want him to succeed even if they don't like his rhetoric.