Three More CEOs Resign From American Manufacturing Council Following Trump's Response to Charlottesville
Citing Trump's inadequate response to the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, three more chief executives have left the president's American Manufacturing Council. Merck Pharma CEO Kenneth Frazier's resignation was followed the departure Monday night of Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour, and Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel. Continuing the trend on Tuesday, Scott Paul, CEO of the Alliance for American Manufacturing also tweeted his resignation. Their departures from the council are a major public denouncement of Trump after his initial public remarks failed to condemn the white supremacists and extremist groups marching in Charlottesville.
Intel CEO Krzanich took to his blog Monday night to explain that his decision was in direct correlation to the tragic events in Virginia this past weekend:
"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. I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them. We should honor—not attack—those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does."
Likewise, Under Armour’s Plank—who once called President Trump a “real asset to this country”—announced his resignation in a statement over Twitter on Monday evening. Plank explained, ambiguously, that he joined the president's council because he “believed it was important for Under Armour to have an active seat at the table," however, “Under Armour engages in sports and innovation, not politics.”
I love our country & company. I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of… https://t.co/3hx1e0PWnr— Under Armour (@Under Armour)1502756091.0
Plank’s resignation comes after receiving a great deal of flak from customers—who trended #BoycottUnderArmour on Twitter—as well as workers and partners such as actor Dwayne Johnson and ballerina Misty Copeland.
“Great leaders inspire and galvanize the masses during turbulent times, they don't cause people to divide and disband,” Johnson said on Instagram. “My responsibility here is not only to the global audience we serve, but also to the thousands of workers who pour blood, sweat, and tears into making Under Armour strong.”
I'm resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it's the right thing for me to do.— Scott (Wear a mask, save a life) Paul (@Scott (Wear a mask, save a life) Paul)1502811448.0
For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1502810468.0
Trump supporters are now calling for boycotts of the companies.