White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said he was “amazed” that 3M Co. Chief Executive Officer George Buckley described President Barack Obama as “anti- business.”
Writing in an op-ed in the Financial Times newspaper, Daley said that Obama has a “deep, abiding commitment to doing what is necessary to strengthen our economy and make America more competitive.”
“There is plenty of work to do,” Daley wrote. “But the stakes are too high to give credence to the kind of comments Mr. Buckley made this week, or to believe those who would question Mr. Obama’s commitment to our economic recovery.”
Buckley said in an interview last week with the Financial Times that if the U.S. business environment is perceived as “hostile,” manufacturers may leave to set up operations in Mexico or Canada. He characterized Obama’s instincts as “Robin Hood-esque” and said: “He is anti-business.”
Obama has made efforts to correct that perception among some business leaders. In addition to naming Daley, a former executive at JPMorgan Chase & Co., as his chief of staff, he recently appointed an advisory council on jobs and competitiveness headed by General Electric Co. CEO Jeffrey Immelt. Last month, he addressed the nation’s largest business group, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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