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Under Armour boss resigns from Trump manufacturing council

The boss of US apparel and footwear group Under Armour insists the company remains resolute in its "potential and ability to improve American manufacturing" – despite his resignation from President Trump's American Manufacturing Council.

The resignation is believed to have been prompted by widespread disapproval of Trump's failure to condemn white nationalist groups following violent clashes in Virginia over the weekend.

Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour, made the announcement via his company's Twitter account and said he was stepping down from the council to "focus on inspiring and uniting through the power of sport."

He is the latest CEO to resign from the council in recent days, and joins Ken Frazier, boss of pharmaceutical company Merck, and Brian Krzanich, chief executive of Intel Corp.

The announcements come in the aftermath of widespread criticism of Donald Trump's reluctance to criticise white supremacist groups following violent clashes in Charlottesville between anti-racism protesters and white nationalists.

Trump's Manufacturing Council was formed in January 2017, with its goals including advising the president on how best to create new jobs in the US.

"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. We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing. However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics," says Plank in a statement on the company's Twitter page.

"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."