President's arts and humanities committee disbands in protest of Trump
Yet another presidential advisory group has deteriorated after Donald Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Members of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities wrote in a letter to Trump on Friday:
That committee was designed to advise the White House on cultural issues. Several prominent people belonged to the group — including artist Chuck Close, author Jhumpa Lahiri, actor Kal Penn and Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
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The announcement comes just two days after Trump said he was shutting down two of his business advisory councils as a slew of CEOs resigned.
Many of them also cited Trump's controversial comments about Charlottesville as their reason for leaving.
"What about the alt-left that came charging at the — as you say, the 'alt-right'? Do they have any semblance of guilt?" Trump asked. "What about the fact that they came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs? Do they have any problem? I think they do," Trump said.
The 17-member President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities was appointed by President Barack Obama and has yet to meet under Trump.