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For insider Timmons, Trump actions a bridge too far

NAM CEO considered to have effective rapport with the president rips his response to protests.


June 5, 2020
By William Ehart

As CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, Jay Timmons has built a reputation for his strong working relationship with President Donald Trump. The NAM has often praised the president and even gave first-daughter Ivanka Trump its inaugural Alexander Hamilton Award in February, for contributions to manufacturing.

But on June 3, Timmons blasted Trump in an interview with CEO Update, following up on his withering public posts on Facebook, all of which apparently have since been deleted. Some association figures think his peers soon will begin faulting Trump publicly, too. Timmons is a Republican.

“I would have preferred to have heard from the president a call for reconciliation (in his June 1 White House talk) rather than a photo op in front of a church that was made possible by what I consider violence against peaceful protesters,” Timmons told CEO Update.