WASHINGTON — Donald Trump isn’t letting up on his controversial campaign style — or his snipes at Macy’s Inc., for that matter.
On Sunday, the billionaire businessman and GOP presidential contender, was asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation” about the disparity in pay between corporate chief executive officers and the average worker.
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“It’s very hard if you have a free-enterprise system to do anything about that,” Trump said. “The boards of companies are supposed to do it but I know companies very well…You’ll take a company like, I could say Macy’s or many other companies, where they put in their friends as the head of the company and they get whatever they want, because the friends love sitting on the board.”
Trump called the system “disgraceful.”
“Sometime the boards rule but I would say that it’s probably less than 10 percent. And you see these guys making enormous amounts of money. It’s a total and complete joke,” he said.
The new criticism aimed in part at Macy’s comes on the heels of the retailer’s decision at the beginning of July to stop carrying Trump’s merchandise, including his branded men’s wear and fragrance products, in all of its stores after he made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants that sparked a national outcry.
At the launch of his 2016 presidential bid in mid-June, Trump said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Macy’s responded swiftly, announcing that it would no longer carry Trump’s products in its stores.
“Some decisions are very difficult to make,” Macy’s chairman and chief executive officer Terry J. Lundgren said at the time, as previously reported. “But our company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in all facets of the business, including in our relationships with business partners, is a strong guiding force.”
A Macy’s spokesman said in an e-mail Sunday the company had no comment.