Another CEO has spoken up about President Trump, but his words will probably shock you. Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank recently interviewed with CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” in which he had nothing but praises for the newly elected President:
“To have such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country,” Plank said. “People can really grab that opportunity.”
Although Trump has angry citizens on every side of him, his biggest asset is probably his business-friendly mindset. Aside from his personal business successes, Trump really made business folks happy when he signed the executive order that was critical to businesses.
Part of his identity of a business-friendly President came from his signing of an executive order that essentially told agencies and departments to find two regulations to repeal for every new one proposed. He also gathered several CEO’s, including Plank, to brainstorm potential pitfalls to the growth of America’s economy.
Trump is bold and decisive and Plank saw that first hand as he met with the President earlier on in the year. “I’m a big fan of people that operate in the world of ‘publish and iterate’ verses ‘think, think, think, think, think,’” Plank said referring to Trump. “So there’s a lot that I respect there.”
However, his remarks with the President were clarified after Under Armour came out with the following statement on Wednesday:
“At Under Armour, our culture has always been about optimism, teamwork, and unity. We have engaged with both the prior and the current administrations in advocating on business issues that we believe are in the best interests of our consumers, teammates, and shareholders. Kevin Plank was recently invited at the request of the President of the United States, to join the American Manufacturing Council as part of a distinguished group of business leaders. He joined CEOs from companies such as Dow Chemical, Dell, Ford, GE, and Tesla, among others to begin an important dialogue around creating jobs in America. We believe it is important for Under Armour to be a part of that discussion.
“We have always been committed to developing innovative ways to support and invest in American jobs and manufacturing. For years, Under Armour has had a long-term strategy for domestic manufacturing and we recently launched our first women’s collection made in our hometown of Baltimore, MD. We are incredibly proud of this important first step in the evolution of creating more jobs at home.
“We engage in policy, not politics. We believe in advocating for fair trade, an inclusive immigration policy that welcomes the best and the brightest and those seeking opportunity in the great tradition of our country, and tax reform that drives hiring to help create new jobs globally, across America and in Baltimore.
“We have teammates from different religions, races, nationalities, genders, and sexual orientations; different ages, life experiences, and opinions. This is the core of our company. At Under Armour, our diversity is our strength, and we will continue to advocate for policies that Protect Our House, our business, our team, and our community.”
And again, Under Armour kills it with an amazingly worded statement that will no doubt offend someone. However, they really did do an incredible job of stating where they, as a company, stand on the political and economic issues of the country right now.