Apple's chief executive Tim Cook has reportedly become the latest boss to criticise President Donald Trump over his response to the white nationalist rallies in Virginia. As Laura Frykberg reports, his comments followed the disbanding of two high-profile business advisory councils after corporate CEOs quit in protest at his remarks.
Another business voice joins... The growing chorus of condemnation. Apple boss Tim Cook - criticising the U.S. President... For his response to a violent white nationalist rally at the weekend. In an email to staff writing: There's no "moral equivalence" between white supremacists and Nazis and "those who oppose them". Equating the two - he says - runs 'counter to our ideals as Americans'. SOUNDBITE (English) CITY INDEX MARKET ANALYST, KEN ODELUGA, SAYING: "It doesn't make any sense, in any way, to allow a space to exist in which this kind of sentiment to breed. So it makes a great deal of sense to be that someone like Tim Cook would come out and say that." Since Trump appeared to back-track on his carefully worded statement criticising the white nationalists for the violence.. Several CEOs have quit two high-profile business panels in anger. Leading the U.S President to disband them in response. SOUNDBITE (English) CITY INDEX MARKET ANALYST, KEN ODELUGA, SAYING: "Key business leaders do represent a constituency of the business community and also of the market. If they're prepared to conclude that they can no longer credibly offer their services to whatever initiative he has got them down for, then that is a negative going forward for him being able to get that kind of support. " But Trump can apparently count on others for that. Among those supporting his stance... His Vice President Mike Pence...The former head of of the KKK, David Duke... And Richard Spencer, the head of a white nationalist group.