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Under Armour CEO steps down from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council

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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank on Monday joined Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth C. Frazier in stepping down from the American Manufacturing Council after Donald Trump’s slow disavowal of white supremacists in the aftermath of a violent rally in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday.

“I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have decided to step down from the council,” Plank wrote Monday. “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.”

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Plank’s announcement followed Frazier’s decision early Monday to remove himself from the council—a move that prompted Trump to tweet a sharp attack on the Merck CEO.



Read Plank’s full statement below, via Under Armour:

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BUSTED: These 10 GOP senators said Ukraine quid pro quo was a red line before Bolton bombshell

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The Washington Post's Philip Bump has tracked down statements from ten different Republican senators who in the past indicated that impeachment charges against President Donald Trump would be far more serious if it could be proven there was a quid-pro-quo agreement that involved exchanging the release of foreign aid to Ukraine for the investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Law professor slams Trump team’s ‘distortions of facts’ as they try to shoot down congressional subpoenas

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Trump has been mysteriously ignoring Melania’s initiatives in his major speeches: report

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Traditionally, first ladies take on a cause after settling in and Melania Trump has been no different, launching her "Be Best" campaign aimed at halting online bullying. However, that campaign has been ignored by the president in all of his major speeches where he has touted his administration's accomplishments.

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