At a time when corporate leaders have been highly critical of President Donald Trump over his response to deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett has remained quiet, telling CNBC on Wednesday he tries not to mix business and politics.
Buffett said on “Squawk Alley” that he’s not in the business of attacking any presidents and he’s not going to start with Trump.
Earlier this month, a deluge of CEOs distanced themselves from Trump in the wake of Charlottesville by leaving White House business advisory councils, which were later dissolved.
The tipping point for corporate America seemed to come Aug. 15 when the president angrily doubled down on his original comments about the deadly rally, and again blamed both the white nationalists and the counterprotesters for the mayhem.
Trump’s critics felt he put neo-Nazis on the same moral footing as the demonstrators who gathered to denounce their racist views.
As a supporter of Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, Buffett said he was disappointed by the election result. But Buffett argued, as he has in the past, that the country can move forward under Trump. He did say it’s important for the government to function well.
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