This morning, the members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities quit in spectacular fashion, with an open letter that, in essence, called on Trump to resign in the wake of his toxic Tuesday night comments on Charlottesville.
The move echoed the mass resignation of CEOs from Trump’s Manufacturing and Strategy and Policy Forums in protest earlier in the week—after which the president claimed that he was dissolving these advisory panels altogether anyway.
The same pattern continued today: Following widespread press coverage of the open letter, the White House put out a statement in the afternoon saying that the president had decided not to renew support for the Presidential Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, calling it a waste of money.
The same statement lauds the National Endowments for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for their “tremendous work.” Trump had proposed zeroing out the budgets of both agencies earlier this year.
The Committee on the Arts and the Humanities was formed by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1982 to advise the White House on cultural matters. Its honorary chairman, currently, is First Lady Melania Trump. read more