Caterpillar has released a statement on President Trump's recent remarks on violence in Charlottesville, Va.
The statement came hours after the resignations of several top executives from two of the president's top business councils led to their dismissal by Trump. Former Caterpillar chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman was a member of the one of those groups, the American Manufacturing Council, though his present status was uncertain.
"At Caterpillar, there is nothing more important than Our Values - at their core we embrace the diversity and inclusion of all of our people. We appreciate and celebrate our differences. Our Values stand in stark contrast to the senseless acts of violence in Virginia. At Caterpillar there is no room for hatred, racism or intolerance," read the statement. "For almost 100 years we have valued and championed the importance of a skilled workforce of people from all diverse backgrounds. Manufacturing is core to the success of growing the US economy, jobs and exports. Caterpillar is proud of our diverse and talented men and women working in manufacturing in the 19 states of America and around the world. It is critical for US companies to continue to advocate for investment in the workforce and policies to support growth."
In a tweet, President Trump said he was ending the two groups to avoid "putting pressure on the businesspeople" of both groups. Multiple top CEOs resigned from the council following the president's comments blaming "both sides" for violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville last Saturday that left one person dead and 19 injured.