Under Armour is already struggling, and its CEO’s latest comments might not help at all. Amid growing backlash and controversy over corporations that associate themselves with President Trump, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank doesn’t seem to mind. On an interview with CNBC, Plan praised Trump’s agenda, saying, “To have such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country. People can really grab that opportunity.”
“He wants to build things, he wants to make bold decisions and be really decisive,” Plank said in reference to Trump’s promise to spend big on infrastructure and build a border wall. “I’m a big fan of people that operate in the world of publish and iterate versus think, think, think, think, think.”
Plank went on to compare Under Armour’s current slump to the New England Patriots’s historic comeback during Super Bowl LI, saying, “You know, I think a lot of people bet against Tom Brady the other night, too.”
Plank met with Trump in the White House last month to discuss ways to bring jobs back to America — one of Trump’s main focuses. Under Armour currently manufactures approximately two thirds of its products in countries such as China, Jordan, Vietnam and Indonesia, however, Plank said previously to the Baltimore Sun, “Today, unfortunately, much of our manufacturing is done outside the U.S.”
Of course, Twitter users are up in arms about this news. Last year, angry consumers began burning their New Balances shoes after news that the corporation was in support of the then-President Elect.