Under Armour Inc. CEO Kevin Plank has become the latest executive to step down from President Donald Trump‘s manufacturing council following this past weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Plank said in a statement released Monday evening that he is “appreciative of the opportunity to have served” but stepped down because Under Armour (NYSE: UAA) “engages in innovation and sports, not politics.”
“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,” Plank said. “We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing.”
Earlier Monday, Merck & Co Inc. CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council after the president was slow to condemn white supremacists following a deadly rally on Saturday.
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Trump on Monday denounced the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups as “repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.” His statement came after two days of mounting political pressure following the deaths of three people in Charlottesville on Saturday. A car drove into a crowd of protestors who were rallying against white supremacist marchers.
Trump originally said there “many sides” to blame for the violence.
Plank became a part of Trump’s Manufacturing Jobs Initiative shortly after the president was inaugurated in January. Other big names who met with Trump included Tesla CEO Elon Musk (NASDAQ: TSLA), Andrew Liveris of Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) and Alex Gorsky of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ).
Plank’s relationship with the president has been rocky. He was criticized in February after praising Trump as “a real asset for the country” in a CNBC interview. Plank wrote an open letter addressing the issue days later.
That same month, Plank also criticized Trump’s proposed travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries. In July, Plank expressed disappointment after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, in which 196 countries committed to a collective effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the world.
In his statement on Monday, Plank said he loves the U.S. and Baltimore-based Under Armour, and he “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.”