AUSTIN, Texas – The head of a major U.S. manufacturing group has stepped down from a Trump administration position after it emerged he used personal funds to help buy a home.
Mark J. Boccardi, chairman and CEO of the United States Manufacturers Association, stepped down as president and CEO effective Jan. 1.
He said in a statement that he would step down in light of a series of controversies that arose in the administration.
In his statement, Boccardsi called on his former colleagues to remain focused on working to advance the interests of U.s. workers, and to “reject attempts to undermine and discredit our efforts to advance our mission and vision for a more equal and just America.”
U.S.-made goods, like iPhones, were a key factor in the election of President Donald Trump, who campaigned on the promise to revive U.v.s manufacturing and to create jobs.
In October, the Senate approved a rule to limit the influence of lobbyists and special interests on federal agencies and other officials.
That rule, which was passed with a narrow Republican majority, is designed to limit political contributions by lobbyists and their allies to lawmakers and officials and limit the amount of money they can give to state and local governments.
The rule has faced legal challenges from both sides, with some lawyers saying it violates the U.n.
In September, the U-S-B, the trade group representing U.b.l.s, issued a statement saying the rule’s limits on special interests were in line with other international standards.
The group said the rules were needed to protect the public from “undue influence by foreign entities and entities that are outside of our borders.”
In a statement, the White House said Boc cardsi “served his country with distinction in the U b.l sector” and that the administration is pleased he has chosen to leave the role.
In a phone interview, Bucardelli, 57, a native of New York, said he felt it was appropriate to step aside after his tenure with the group was “tarnished” by the president’s rhetoric and actions.
He declined to comment further on the Trump administration.
He said the Ummetas, which is an umbrella group for U.sb.l., is still trying to move forward and that he hopes to be an advocate for Ummets interests.
“I think I’ve done my part, but it is not enough,” he said.
The U.d.l.-B organization said it supports Boc cardi’s efforts to help the Ums and to promote U.ss.b-l.l’s values, which are based on fair trade, inclusive society and respect for the environment.
U.sb.-B also said it respects Boc’s decision to step down.
“We believe he has made a thoughtful and well-informed decision to move on from his position with the organization,” said Julie T. O’Donnell, the group’s president and a former secretary of labor.
“We have been encouraged that he has taken steps to support his efforts to make Ummetts interests known to the president and other elected officials.”
In an email, Ummetts CEO and founder, Steve M. Smith, said the organization respects Berccardi’s decision and supports his decision to leave.
“Mark’s departure is unfortunate, but we are confident in his ability to lead the organization in the future,” Smith wrote.
“The Ummb-B’s mission continues to grow, and Mark’s leadership will be greatly missed.”