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Executive Time: Since Charlottesville, Trump Meets with More Than 100 Corporate Executives

By Rick Claypool

Corporate executives strongly condemned President Trump’s refusal to unequivocally denounce the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia last year. They resigned from the president’s advisory councils in droves and issued strong statements against racism.

But since that tragic day when a white nationalist drove a car into protestors opposing the rally and activist Heather Heyer was killed and 19 others were injured, President Trump has had at least 114 meetings with 106 corporate executives representing 90 different businesses.

A previous Public Citizen tally found Trump had met with more than 300 corporate executives before Charlottesville.

Corporate executives started leaving Trump’s councils after the president infamously blamed “both sides” for the violence.

Knowing a PR nightmare when they see one, the corporate executives that comprised Trump’s business advisory councils — the Strategy and Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Councilpublicly distanced themselves from the president. The CEOs of Merck, Under Armour, Intel, 3M, Blackrock and Campbell’s Soup were the first to resign from the councils.
Trump disbanded the councils with a post on Twitter.

After the councils were disbanded, the council member CEOs of Boeing, Blackstone, Dow Chemical, EY, General Motors, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, and United Technologies Corporation also released statements.

Among the executives who were not on the councils who issued statements condemning Trump’s refusal to unequivocally condemn neo-Nazi violence were CEOs of Aetna, Airbnb, Apple, Nike and Peebles.    

CEOs who strongly criticized President Trump after Charlottesville yet subsequently met with the president include Johnson & Johnson’s Alex Gorsky, Apple’s Tim Cook and JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon.   

With Public Citizen’s previous report, this brings the tally of Trump corporate executive meetings up to 500 meetings with 396 executives representing 351 corporations.

According to a National Bureau of Economic Research analysis of the Obama administration’s White House visitor logs, Obama had exactly 100 corporate executive meetings during the first seen years of his presidency. The analysis found that corporate executives’ meetings with the White House correlate with increased stock returns, government contracts and deregulatory favors.
A sortable table of the executives with whom Trump met since Charlottesville is below. A spreadsheet that includes the full list of 500 meetings with citations is here. In the absence of official White House visitor logs, which the Trump administration refuses to release, the corporate executive meetings have been documented using the official White House press release page, Politico’s unofficial White House visitor logs and other publicly available news sources.

Following Politico’s methodology, Public Citizen’s counts each instance of President Trump and a corporate executive being physically in the same place — including meetings at the White House, interactions at Mar-a-Lago, and public events — as a meeting. Public Citizen’s tally does not include phone calls.

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Tom KennedyChairman/CEORaytheon8/14/2017
Jerry CookPresidentLoren Cook Company8/30/2017
Steve BurneyCOOLoren Cook Company8/30/2017
Jonnie MooreFounderThe KAIROS Company9/1/2017
Harold HammChairmanContinental Resources9/6/2017
Ron BurkleCo-ownerPittsburgh Penguins9/10/2017
David FarrChairman/CEOEmerson Electric9/29/2017
Jay MonahanCommissionerPGA Tour10/1/2017
Logan HartlePresidentWarwood Tool10/6/2017
Michael CarlCEOWarwood Tool10/6/2017
Phillip CarlEVPWarwood Tool10/6/2017
Mario LemieuxCo-ownerPittsburgh Penguins10/10/2017
Catherine MonsonCEOFASTSIGNS10/12/2017
Dave RatnerOwnerDave's Soda and Pet City10/12/2017
David BarrFounder/ChairPMTD Restaurants10/12/2017
Gordon LoganFounder/CEOSports Clips Haircuts10/12/2017
Harold SumerfordCEOJ&M Tank Lines10/12/2017
Leslie BaudryCOOBaudry Therapy Center10/12/2017
Randy NoelPresidentReve, Inc10/12/2017
Reem AloulOwnerBrightStar Care10/12/2017
Rich BaudryOwnerBaudry Therapy Center10/12/2017
Shelly SunCEOBrightStar Care10/12/2017
Goh Choon PhongCEOSingapore Airlines10/23/2017
Kevin McallisterCEOBoeing10/23/2017
Hock E. TanCEOBroadcom Limited11/2/2017
Brett GerryPresident (Japan)Boeing11/6/2017
Mitch SnyderPresident/CEOBell Hilicopter, Textron Inc11/7/2017
Donald ChenPresident (Asia-Pacific)Archer Daniels Midland11/8/2017
Jack FuscoPresident/CEOCheniere Energy11/9/2017
John RicePresident/CEO (Global Growth Organization)GE11/9/2017
Keith MeyerPresidentAlaska Gasline Development Corporation11/9/2017
Kevin McAllisterPresident/CEOBoeing11/9/2017
Lloyd BlankfeinCEOGoldman Sachs11/9/2017
Peter FleetPresident (Asia-Pacific)Ford Motor Company11/9/2017
Seifollah GhasemiChairmanAir Products11/9/2017
Steve MollenkopfCEOQualcomm11/9/2017
Bob KraftOwnerNew England Patriots12/21/2017
Bill McDermottCEOSAP1/25/2018
Carols BritoCEOAnheuser-Busch InBev1/25/2018
Eldar SaetreCEOStatoil1/25/2018
Heinrich HiesingerCEOThyssenkrupp1/25/2018
Joe KaeserCEOSiemens1/25/2018
Kasper RorstedCEOAdidas1/25/2018
Mark SchneiderCEONestle1/25/2018
Mark TuckerChairmanHSBC1/25/2018
Martin LundstedtCEOVolvo1/25/2018
Patrick PouyanneCEOTotal1/25/2018
Punit RenjenCEODeloitte1/25/2018
Rajeev SuriCEONokia1/25/2018
Ulrich SpissenoferCEOABB Group1/25/2018
Vas NarashimhanCEONovartis1/25/2018
Werner BaumannCEOBayer1/25/2018
Jamie DimonChairman/CEOJPMorgan Chase2/22/2018
Mark CostaCEOEastman Chemical Company2/22/2018
Tom LinebargerChairman/CEOCummins2/22/2018
Adam DeVoneFounderBenefits Exchange Alliance3/7/2018
Jim CraneCEOCrane Capital Group3/12/2018
Dennis MuilenburgPresident/ChairmanBoeing3/14/2018
Greg SmithCFOBoeing3/14/2018
Leanne CaretEVPBoeing3/14/2018
Marillyn HewsonPresident/CEOLockheed Martin3/22/2018
Peter ThielCo-founderPaypal4/3/2018
Safra CatzCEOOracle4/3/2018
Tim CookCEOApple4/28/2018
Bernhard KuhntCEO (North America)BMW5/11/2018
Bob CarterEVP of Sales (North America)Toyota5/11/2018
Brian SmithCOO (America)Hyundai5/11/2018
Dietmar ExlerPresident/CEO (USA)Mercedes-Benz5/11/2018
Hinrich WoebckenCEO (North America)Volkswagen5/11/2018
Jim HackettPresident/CEOFord Motor Company5/11/2018
Mary BarraChairman/CEOGeneral Motors5/11/2018
Richard SchostekEVP (North America)Honda5/11/2018
Scott BeckerSenior Vice President (North America)Nissan5/11/2018
Sergio MarchionneCEOFiat Chrysler5/11/2018
Brian FranceChairman/CEONASCAR5/21/2018
Bob SmithCEOBlue Origin6/18/2018
Dennis MuilenburgPresident/ChairmanBoeing6/18/2018
Gwynne ShotwellPresident/COOSpaceX6/18/2018
Marillyn HewsonPresident/CEOLockheed Martin6/18/2018
Tory BrunoPresident/CEOUnited Launch Alliance6/18/2018
Wes BushCEONorthrop Grumman6/18/2018
Terry GouChairmanFoxconn6/28/2018
Ian ReadCEOPfizer7/10/2018
Ben van BeurdenCEOShell7/13/2018
Brent Obermanco-founder/chairmanLastminute.com/Founders Factory7/13/2018
Helena MorrisseyHead of personal investingLegal and General7/13/2018
Jes StaleyCEOBarclays7/13/2018
Nigel WilsonCEOLegal and General7/13/2018
Richard GnoddeEuropean CEOGoldman Sachs7/13/2018
Sir Jim RatcliffeFounderIneos7/13/2018
Steve HatchUK Managing DirectorFacebook7/13/2018
Steve VarleyChairmanErnst & Young7/13/2018
Warren EastCEORolls Royce7/13/2018
Craig MenearCEOHome Depot7/19/2018
Fred SmithFounder/Chairman/President/CEOFedEx7/19/2018
Kathy WardenPresidentNorthrop Grumman7/19/2018
Marillyn HewsonPresident/CEOLockheed Martin7/19/2018
Tom KennedyChairman/CEORaytheon7/19/2018
Ajaypal BangaPresident/CEOMastercard8/8/2018
Alex GorskyChairman/CEOJohnson & Johnson8/8/2018
Christopher RuddyCEONewsmax Media8/8/2018
Darius AdamczykChairman/CEOHoneywell8/8/2018
Dennis MuilenburgPresident/ChairmanBoeing8/8/2018
Fred SmithFounder/Chairman/President/CEOFedEx8/8/2018
Gabriel LeydonCEOSatori8/8/2018
Harold HammChairmanContinental Resources8/8/2018
Indra NooyiChairman/CEOPepsiCo8/8/2018
Jim KochCo-founder/ChairmanSam Adams8/8/2018
John CatsimatidisOwner/President/ChairmanGristedes Foods/Red Apple Group8/8/2018
Keith KrachChairmanDocuSign8/8/2018
Mark SuttonChairman/CEOInternational Paper8/8/2018
Mark WeinbergerChairman/CEOErnst & Young8/8/2018
Mike ManleyCEOFiat Chrysler8/8/2018
Richard LeFrakChairman/CEOLeFrak8/8/2018