The CEO of Under Armour is stepping down from President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council, becoming the second CEO to depart the council on Monday.
“I joined the American Manufacturing Council because I believed it was important for Under Armour to have an active seat at the table and represent our industry,” CEO Kevin Plank said in a statement. “However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.
“I love our country and our company and will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion."
I love our country & company. I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport. - CEO Kevin Plank pic.twitter.com/8YvndJMjj1— Under Armour (@UnderArmour) August 15, 2017
Plank followed Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of major pharmaceutical company Merck, who resigned Monday morning.
Frazier said he was leaving Trump’s council over the president's response to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., this weekend.
"Our country's strength stems from its diversity and the contributions made by men and women of different faiths, races, sexual orientations and political beliefs," Frazier said in a statement that did not mention Trump by name.
"America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal," he continued.
"As CEO of Merck, and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism."
Trump soon attacked Frazier on Twitter, saying he and Merck would “have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”
Trump faced backlash for his initial remarks denouncing the violence in Charlottesville, where one person died and numerous more were injured after a man with alleged ties to racist groups drove his car into a crowd of peaceful counterprotesters.
Trump at first did not mention the presence of hate groups who organized the rally — to protest the removal of a Confederate statue — and instead blamed “many sides” for the violence.
"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.
On Monday, Trump delivered another statement, calling racism "evil" and singling out neo-Nazis and the KKK for their role at the rally.