Political Notes – CEOs bail on Trump, but Fanning says they shouldn’t

[private]Corporate CEOs by the dozens have been bailing out on Donald Trump this week, eventually compelling the president to dissolve all of his business advisory councils.

But the CEO of one of Georgia’s largest companies, Tom Fanning of the Southern Co., thinks they really didn’t have to do that.

In an interview with CNBC, Fanning says CEOs can disagree with Trump’s comments on white supremacists and neo-Nazis but still stay engaged as advisors to the president.

“You can certainly look at the events in Charlottesville and say, ‘That was awful. That’s not good for America in any circumstance,” Fanning told CNBC. “And at the same time, they can remain engaged in the big issues of the day and make sure business plays an appropriate role — action not rhetoric — to make America better, to drive the economy forward.”

The idea that CEO’s can’t do both things “a little bit of a false choice,” Fanning added.

Fanning also did not criticize Trump’s racially charged remarks: “I don’t think that’s productive … me commenting on his comments. What’s productive for me is to keep my eye on the ball. And that is energy policy and national security … and things related the economy.”

Fanning’s corporate colleagues do not agree. They quit Trump’s advisory councils in droves, prompting this White House statement: “The President has announced the end of the Manufacturing Council and the Strategy & Policy Forum. In addition, the President’s Advisory Council on Infrastructure, which was still being formed, will not move forward.”

Williams fires back at Abrams

The fate of the Confederate carvings on Stone Mountain has formally become a major issue in the governor’s race.

A day after Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams called for the carvings to be destroyed, Republican candidate Michael Williams was taking aim at Abrams.

“Democrat candidate Stacey Abrams’ call to blast the face off Stone Mountain is complete nonsense,” Williams said. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to change the media coverage of her supporters shouting down her opponent for having white skin.”

He added: “Stacey’s reckless statement provides more insight into why the House Democrat Caucus rejected her hand-picked successor. All Georgians should reject her campaign intended to incite racial division!”

Williams didn’t let the opportunity to raise money pass either, sending out a solicitation email: “Contribute $5, $10, $25, $50, $125, $250 or more to defending the Stone Mountain monument from the liberal political correctness police.”

Safavieh locates here

Safavieh, a manufacturer and distributor of home goods, will invest more than $60 million in a new Chatham County distribution facility. The company will build a 1.1 million-square-foot facility at the Savannah River International Trade Park.

“The new facility will triple our Savannah warehouse capacity by the end of 2018 and will be customized for rugs and furniture,” said Darius Yaraghi, principal of Safavieh. “Safavieh will continue to increase our facilities across the U.S. to provide better and faster service to the customer.”

Deal draws one for craft breweries

When the state’s new, more liberal law on craft breweries and direct retail sales goes into effect, Gov. Nathan Deal will be seeing it in at a celebration staged by a Gainesville brewery, the Left Nut Brewing Co.

Deal will attend the festive event on the afternoon of Sept. 1 at Left Nut, which is Hall County’s only brewery.

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