Under Armour founder Kevin Plank resigns from American Manufacturing Council


Under Armour founder Kevin Plank resigns from American Manufacturing Council

The manufacturing council has been in the news since Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned early August 14 citing Trump's delayed denouncement of the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in which one woman was killed and 19 others were injured when a auto rammed into counter protestors.

Trump's latest insult prompted a fifth executive - following the CEOs of Merck, Intel, Under Armour, and Tesla - to leave the manufacturing council.

That statement did nothing to quell calls for a clear and unequivocal presidential condemnation of the white supremacists in Charlottesville, some of whom support Trump.

US President Donald Trump has said that the chief executives, who quit his advisory panel on manufacturing over his muted criticism of white supremacists, were leaving out of "embarrassment" as he was pressing them to make in America.

Trump went after Frazier within minutes of his announcement Monday morning, but did not comment on Plank nor Krzanich directly.

"They're not taking their job seriously as it pertains to this country", Mr Trump said at an impromptu news conference at Trump Tower in New York City.

Members of his own party have called on Trump to condemn Saturday's killing of a woman who had been protesting white supremacists as an act of domestic terrorism.

Trump tweeted about Frazier. But they also said they'd stay on the council so they could advise the government on ways to strengthen manufacturing.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides", Trump said during a short statement, adding that he had been closely following awful events unfolding in Virginia.

But McMillon, whose business has customers on all sides of the political spectrum, plans to stay on a separate Trump advisory panel and said that the president's follow-up remarks on Monday that named white supremacists were a step in the right direction.

"It's certainly a sign that Trump's more controversial stuff isn't playing well with companies selling to middle America", he said.

The manufacturing jobs council had 28 members initially, but it has shrunk since it was formed earlier this year as executives retire, are replaced, or, as with Frazier, Musk, Plank, Paul and Krzanich, resign.

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They all released statements that condemned racism or welcomed tolerance.

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg also will remain. "Demonizing ethnic groups? That has happened".