Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Under Armour CEO steps down from President Trump's Manufacturing Council

Under Armour CEO steps down from President Trump's Manufacturing Council

The bosses of Intel and Under Armour have now both stepped back too.

Plank said he was appreciative of the opportunity to have served on the council but will now "focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion".

Members of the manufacturing council are not the only business leaders who have quit advising Trump on a range of issues, from immigration to climate change. Two days after saying that "many sides" were to blame for the violence, the President on Monday said "racism is evil" and "those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups".

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides - on many sides", Trump said at a press conference from his New Jersey golf course.

Trump tweeted about Frazier.

Trump will be remembered as a president who stood for White supremacy during an event that could define a generation.

Sessions also says he is meeting with President Donald Trump and officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday to discuss the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Frazier's resignation comes shortly after a violent confrontation between white supremacists and protesters in Charlottesville, Va. Trump is being criticized for not explicitly condemning the white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville.

Trump also asked at the time - a bit more diplomatically - that Merck and other drug companies seek to lower prices.

Morrison has become the latest CEO to resign from the American Manufacturing Council as a result of Trump's remarks on the violence in Charlottesville.

August 16: Johnson & Johnson said Alex Gorsky's decision to quit the manufacturing group preceded Trump's tweet: "I believe, very strongly, that hatred and bigotry of any kind have no place in our society".

Several other CEOs issued statements denouncing racism and white supremacy, but said they would stay on the council.

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier announced on Monday that he was leaving Trump's council to "take a stand against intolerance and extremism".

Following the rally, Republicans and Democrats alike largely condemned the neo-Nazi rallies that included prominent figures such as white nationalist Richard Spencer and former "imperial wizard" of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke.

Within hours of his decision to ditch Trump's council, the President lashed out at the executive in a Twitter tirade.

The leaders of the group of media and entertainment Disney, Bob Iger, the investment bank Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, and the electric car-maker Tesla, Elon Musk, had all three resigned from various economic councils surrounding the u.s. president after his decision to withdraw the United States of the Paris agreements on climate change.

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