James Murdoch, the CEO of 21st Century Fox and son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has pledged $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League according to the New York Times. The junior Murdoch also said that US President Trump’s comments should concern all of us as Americans and free people. This comes as a surprise as James’ father Rupert Murdoch is said to be close to Trump and allegedly speaks to the President more than once every week. James, who according to CNN has written a mail to friends, wrote ”Trump’s response to Charlottesville should concern all Americans and free people”. Twenty-First Century Fox owns a TV news channel called Fox News, which is favoured by voters who plumped for Donald Trump. CNN reported that the letter also stated that ”There are no good Nazis, standing up to Nazi’s is essential”.
James’ letter comes shortly after US President Donald Trump disbanded his two business advisory councils after a string of resignations from CEOs over his “ambiguous” response to violence by white supremacists in Charlottesville. As many as 11 CEOs of the advisory council have quit. The CEOs who quit Trump’s advisory councils include Merck’s Kenneth Frazier, Intel’s Brian Krzanich, Kevin Plank of Under Armour, and Richard Trumka, president of American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organisations, according to an Indian Express report.
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Even as business executives have quit Trump’s advisory councils, there are speculations that a few top officials in the Trump administration may also resign amid fears that the US President’s comments may damage their reputation, according to an Indian Express report.