Pharma CEO dumps Trump over white supremacist response

The chief executive of Merck has resigned from US President Donald Trump's manufacturing council in protest against his response to the death of a protester at a white-supremacist rally.

Kenneth Fraizer, an African-American, says there is a need to "take a stand against intolerance and extremism".

Trump caused outrage when he said  many sides were to blame for the death of an anti-racism protester at the rally. He attempted to placate his critics later by denouncing neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan as criminals

"As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism," Mr Frazier said in a statement announcing his resignation.

"America's leaders must honour our fundamental views by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American