U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Thursday, as political turbulence coming from the White House capped gains in global trading.
Dow Jones industrial average futures fell 64 points, while S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures slipped 7.5 points and 31.5 points, respectively.
Taking to Twitter, the U.S. incumbent said that "rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople" within the Strategic & Policy Forum and the Manufacturing Council, the president has decided to dissolve both groups.
This comes after several leading executives had already chosen to depart from the Manufacturing Council earlier this week, and members of the Strategic and Policy Forum agreed to end the group Wednesday.
The turbulence has weighed on both U.S. futures and international markets on Thursday, with Europe stocks trading under pressure in morning trade, and Asia markets finishing mixed, after a rally in the U.S. dollar was halted due to the political turmoil.
Stepping aside from politics, jobless claims fell to 232,000 from 244,000. Industrial production data are also due at 9:15 a.m. ET.