President Donald Trump's now-disbanded manufacturing council was "sort of wasted and useless," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told CNBC on Wednesday.
Trumka resigned from the council last month after Trump's response to the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump ultimately dissolved the group after several executives quit.
"It had never met since it was formed. They were using it as a subterfuge to try to get rid of regulations and say that was necessary for manufacturing," Trumka said in an interview with "Closing Bell."
However, while it wasn't a good tool to create policy, it did give the group a chance to talk to the president, he noted.
Trump also ended his Strategy and Policy Forum after news broke that the group of CEOs decided to disband and condemn Trump's response to the events in Virginia. The president blamed "many sides" for the violence that left one person dead and said "not all" the people participating in the white nationalist rally were bad.