Top executives have broken with President Donald Trump.
In a private phone call late Wednesday morning, CEOs who were part of a strategic council to Trump agreed to disband the group and condemn Trump's confrontational response to a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
"There really was nothing to debate," said one member of the Strategic and Policy Forum who described the president's fiery Tuesday news conference as a "tripwire."
Shortly after CNBC and others broke the news that the council was disbanding, Trump took to Twitter to say he was ending that forum and another featuring manufacturing leaders. By the time Trump made his statement, several executives had already left the manufacturing group this week.
In a tweet, the president said he decided to dissolve the groups "rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople."
The events mark the biggest falling out yet between Trump and corporate America, which largely cheered his pro-business stances when he took office.