After U.S. President Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, business group leaders representing 14,000 companies, including ExxonMobil, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Toyota Motor Industries, urged senior U.S. officials to consider oust Trump.
Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Manufacturers Association of America, said Trump “incites violence to keep power, and any elected leader who defends him violates their vows to the Constitution, rejects democracy, supports anarchy…
Vice President Pence, who withdrew from Congress, should seriously consider working with Cabinet cooperates to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to uphold democracy.”
According to the report, President-elect Biden is sworn in on January 20, Trump still has 14 days in office.
Other business groups have also issued strong statements.
The Business Roundtable, a coalition of leaders of some of the largest companies in the United States, said: “The ongoing chaos in the U.S. capital is an attempt to overthrow the legitimate result of a democratic election, which is illegal.” The group said in a statement that they called on Trump to “end the chaos and all relevant officials and promote a peaceful transition of power”.
Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, said: “Our elected leaders have the responsibility to call for an end to violence, accept election results, and support the peaceful transfer of power, as our democracy has done for centuries.
Now is the time to unite to strengthen our unique Commonwealth.
“The U.S. Congress must meet again tonight to fulfill their constitutional responsibility to receive reports from the Electoral College,” Thomas Donoghue, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement.