US President Donald Trump has called time on his American Manufacturing Council following the departure of several executives this week.

The news was announced via President Trump's Twitter account yesterday (16 August), in a tweet that also confirmed the end of the Strategic and Policy Forum.

On Tuesday, the CEO of US apparel and footwear group Under Armour Kevin Plank resigned from the American Manufacturing Council in a move 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.

Plank 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." But he also insisted the company remains resolute in its "potential and ability to improve American manufacturing."

Under Armour boss resigns from Trump manufacturing council

He joined Ken Frazier, boss of pharmaceutical company Merck, and Brian Krzanich, chief executive of Intel Corp, in their decision to leave.

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.