Several businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, have come out either in direct or indirect support of President Trump’s seemingly pro-business policies for his administration.
Already, companies have announced new investments in American manufacturing and pledged thousands of jobs. Well, now the CEO of Under Armour Kevin Plank has also praised Trump during a recent interview:
“To have such a pro-business President is something that is a real asset for the country,” Plank said. “People can really grab that opportunity. He loves to build I don’t think there’s any surprises here. When you look at the president he wants to build things. He wants to build things, he wants to make bold decisions and be really decisive. I’m a big fan of people that operate in the world of publish and iterate versus think, think, think, think, think. So there’s a lot that I respect there.”
Social media and one of Under Armour’s celebrity spokespeople called out the brand.
In response to Trump being called an asset, Golden State Warrior’s Steph Curry said, “I agree with that description, if you remove the ‘et.’ ” He continued, “There is no amount of money, there is no platform I wouldn’t jump off, if it wasn’t in line with who I am.”
However, not all media was bad for the apparel company. Many people tweeted messages of support:
After taking a beating on social media from anti-Trump users, the company issued the following statement:
“At Under Armour, our culture has always been about optimism, teamwork, and unity. We have engaged with both the prior and the current administrations in advocating on business issues that we believe are in the best interests of our consumers, teammates, and shareholders. Kevin Plank was recently invited at the request of the President of the United States, to join the American Manufacturing Council as part of a distinguished group of business leaders. He joined CEOs from companies such as Dow Chemical, Dell, Ford, GE and Tesla, among others to begin an important dialogue around creating jobs in America. We believe it is important for Under Armour to be a part of that discussion.”
“We engage in policy, not politics. We believe in advocating for fair trade, an inclusive immigration policy that welcomes the best and the brightest and those seeking opportunity in the great tradition of our country, and tax reform that drives hiring to help create new jobs globally, across America and in Baltimore.”