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Under Armour CEO joins the exodus from the president’s Manufacturing Council

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Kevin Plank, the founder and chief executive of Under Armour, is the latest high-profile leader of a major American company to leave President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council.

In a statement tweeted out late on Monday, Plank wrote, “Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.”

Plank’s full statement is below. In it, he tweets “I love our country & company. I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport.”

He joins Merck Pharma’s chief executive Kenneth Frazier, who announced his departure from the president’s council in a statement earlier today.

Both departures come as a rebuke to what many have called the president’s inadequate response to the violence over the weekend. One person, Heather Heyer, was killed on Saturday and another 19 people were injured during a counter-protest in Charlottesville, VA against a rally by neo-Nazis and members of the Ku Klux Klan and its various splinter groups.

Saturday’s violence was sparked by the planned Nazi rally to protest the removal of a statue of confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park near the city’s downtown.

There’s been no response yet from the president to the latest departure. When Frazier announced his withdrawal, the president immediately responded on his social network of choice.

While Plank and Frazier are gone, several executives still remain involved with the Council; they include Andy Liveris from Dow Chemical, Michael Dell of Dell Technologies, Jeff Immelt of General Electric, Denise Morrison of Campbell’s Soup Co. and Dennis Muilenberg of Boeing.

An earlier decision from the president to reject the Paris Accords and its global compact to address climate change prompted the departure of tech’s favorite chief executive, Elon Musk.

At the time Musk tweeted, “Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”

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