2 More CEOs Resign From Trump Council

Intel, Under Armour chiefs are out
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2017 3:54 AM CDT
2 More CEOs Resign From Trump Council
Kevin Plank speaks on stage during an Under Armour announcement event last year.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

In what President Trump's critics say is turning into an exodus, two more CEOs stepped down from the president's American Manufacturing Council on Monday. The resignations of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich followed that of Merck Pharma CEO Kenneth Frazier, who was strongly criticized by Trump after stepping down, citing what he saw as a tepid response to events in Charlottesville. Plank, who caught flak this year for calling Trump a "real asset to this country," said he was stepping down because his company "engages in innovation and sports, not politics," CNBC reports.

Plank did not mention Charlottesville, but said he will focus on promoting "unity, diversity, and inclusion," MarketWatch reports. Krzanich's statement was more directly political, referring to the "divided political climate" and the damage it is doing. "I have already made clear my abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville, and earlier today I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence," he said in a blog post. "I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them." Trump has yet to respond to the latest resignations. (Read more Under Armour stories.)

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