Under Armour founder, CEO and figurehead, Kevin Plank, has cut ties with President Trump. Plank was once full of praise for Trump. In an interview with CSNBC he said that ‘such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country,’ and proceeded to work on Trump’s American Manufacturing Council.
It’s been a rocky road for Plank since then. His company’s athletes have spoken out against his actions and his relationship with Trump has soured. He was vocal about disagreeing with Trump’s decision to pull the US from the Paris Climate Agreement, and Trump’s reluctance to immediately and emphatically denounce the actions of neo-Nazis seems to have been the final straw for Plank.
In a tweet from Under Armour, Plank said he’d rather focus on sports than politics.
Plank’s not the only one to leave the American Manufacturing Council. Elon Musk left after the climate change debacle and three more resigned on Monday, bringing the number of CEOs deserting the council to nine.
In true Trump fashion, he took to Twitter to attack the members personally, said he had many more to replace them, supposedly found out he had no one to replace them and then disbanded the council altogether: 'Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!'