Publication Date: August 18, 2017
It’s been a brutal week for President Donald Trump’s reputation for bringing dealmakers to the table.
While Trump’s plans to elicit feedback from the private sector on infrastructure crumbled, members of the Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors (DEBA) began quitting Thursday.
Zoë Baird, the group’s co-chair and head of the Markle Foundation, confirmed to Vice News that she and other members of the board have submitted their resignations.
“It is the moral responsibility of our leaders to unite Americans by respecting the diversity and inclusion that enables our country to generate new opportunity and celebrate freedom,” Baird’s resignation letter obtained by Vice reads. “In order to preserve these cherished values, there must never be equivocation in denouncing hate, bigotry, violence and racism.”