Under Armour CEO latest to drop out from Trump council
Company to focus on promoting 'unity, diversity and inclusion' through sports, says Kevin Plank
The CEO of athletic wear manufacturer Under Armour is resigning from the President's American Manufacturing Council, saying his company "engages in innovation and sports, not politics."
Kevin Plank's announcement comes after Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier announced he was leaving U.S. President Donald Trump's business advisory board.
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The resignations come after Saturday's violent confrontation between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va. Trump initially bemoaned violence on "many sides," though on Monday he described members of the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as "criminals and thugs."
Frazier said the country's leaders must "honour our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy."
Plank is not specifically mentioning Trump or Charlottesville, but says his company will focus on promoting "unity, diversity and inclusion" through sports.
I love our country & company. I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport. - CEO Kevin Plank <a href="https://t.co/8YvndJMjj1">pic.twitter.com/8YvndJMjj1</a>—@UnderArmour