Two more CEO’s resigned from their post on President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council. Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour, is now the second company head to step down because of Trump’s actions. Additionally, Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich resigned as well:
“I resigned from the council to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues…,” Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich
“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 Armor 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,” Plank continued.
Kevin Plank later would tweet: “I love our country & company. I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport.”
Plank followed Kenneth Frazier, CEO of Merck, a major pharmaceutical company, who resigned on Monday. Frazier reported that he was leaving Trump’s counsel because of the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia at a white supremacist rally 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.
”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. As CEO of Merck, and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism,” Frazier added.
President Trump faced a backlash because he did not single out the hate groups that organized the rally in Charlottesville. Instead, he referenced the “many sides” that should take the blame. On Monday, the president gave another statement that called racism “evil” and singled out neo-Nazis and the KKK for their role in the violence at the rally.
For many, it was too little, too late.
Do you agree or disagree with these CEO’s response in resigning from their position on Trump’s council?
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