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Second CEO quits Donald Trump's advisory council over Charlottesville

Kevin Plank of Under Armour says his company ‘engages in sports, not politics’ after facing pressure to step down after the president’s controversial response
Kevin Plank (center right), CEO Under Armour, with Donald Trump and other business leaders at the White House.
 Kevin Plank (center right), CEO Under Armour, with Donald Trump and other business leaders at the White House. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
A second prominent CEO has stepped down from Donald Trump’s business advisory council in the wake of the president’s controversial response to the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one dead and several injured.
Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour, announced his decision to resign from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council in a statement late Monday. Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck, was the first to step down from the council, which focuses on the economy and job creation, as Trump came under intense criticism for initially failing to condemn white supremacists and neo Nazi groups following the Charlottesville attack.
“Under Armour engages in sports, not politics,” Plank said in a statement posted to the sportswear company’s official Twitter account. “I am appreciative for the opportunity to have served, but have decided to step down from the council.”
“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 and other members of the council have come under pressure in the aftermath of the attack in Charlottesville, when a white supremacist rally erupted into violence. One of the rally participants has been accused of intentionally driving his car into counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Plank had earlier tweeted: “We are saddened by #Charlottesville. There is no place for racism or discrimination in this world. We choose love & unity.”
That response was found to be insufficient by Twitter users, who urged Plank to step down from Trump’s council. Their calls were amplified when Frazier resigned from the council on Monday, citing his “responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism”.
Trump prompted a firestorm by initially refusing to condemn white supremacists, choosing instead to denounce violence “on all sides”. The president did not explicitly single out white supremacists until Monday, declaring in a speech that “racism is evil”.
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