Trump business advisory board adds three new members including Pepsi CEO who said her employees ‘were all crying’ after the election

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Paul Martin

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi told a New York Times conference after the election that her employees and her daughters were ‘in mourning’ over Trump’s win
But she said she hoped Trump’s campaign rhetoric would give way to calmer speech when he becomes president: ‘What we heard was election talk’
Nooyi said non-white, female and gay Pepsi employees feared for their safety after the election
But she, along with the founders of Uber and Tesla, joined on Wednesday an economic board that will advise the president-elect on economic issues

By David Martosko, US Political Editor
14 December 2016

An advisory board that counsels Donald Trump on trade and the economy picked up three new members on Wednesday, including a CEO who was attacked after the November 8 election for saying her employees were visibly upset and crying after Trump won the presidency.

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick and SpaceX and Tesla visionary Elon Musk are both joining the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, but it’s PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi who will draw the most attention.

Far-right conservatives threatened a Pepsi boycott last month over a widely circulated but fake comment attributed to Nooyi, that Trump supporters should ‘take their business elsewhere.’

But she did say during a Nov. 10 New York Times conference that her daughters and employees ‘were all in mourning’ when Trump became president-elect – setting herself up as a straw-woman target for Republicans who sought evidence that a liberal American ‘establishment’ was aligned against the president-elect.

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