The corporate chieftains of Under Armour and Intel resigned from President Donald Trump’s manufacturing council, joining the CEO of Merck who stepped down from the advisory board in the wake of the furor over Trump’s initial response to the tragedy in Charlottesville.
Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel, wrote in a blog post that he was stepping down 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.”
He tweeted on Monday morning that “there should be no hesitation in condemning hate speech or white supremacy by name. #Intel asks all our countries leadership to do the same.”
Kevin Plank, the CEO of sportswear brand Under Armour, said earlier on Monday evening that he .was resigning “to focus on inspiring and uniting through power of sport.”
Plank said in a statement that “Under Armour engages in sports, not politics,” and he said he was “appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have decided to step down from the council.”
Neither mentioned Trump by name in their statements.
Their resignations came even after Trump made a statement on Monday explicitly calling out hate groups, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists, for their role in the unrest. One woman was killed when one of the demonstrators rammed a car into a group of counter protesters.
Earlier in the day, Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of Merck, said that he was stepping down in protest. Trump came under fire over the weekend for not specifically naming the white supremacist groups, and instead pinning the blame for violence and bigotry on “many sides.”
Trump attacked Frazier on Twitter on Monday morning and later in the evening.
He also took aim at the media for its continued focus on his response to the Charlottesville tragedy, calling them “truly bad people.”