• Stephanie Ruhle, an anchor at MSNBC, has a close relationship with Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
  • Plank seeks Ruhle’s advice on a variety of matters, including public relations strategies, according to the Journal.
  • In 2017, Ruhle reportedly advised Plank to directly engage with President Donald Trump.
  • That advice may have resulted in comments Plank made about Trump in 2017, which resulted in what the company described as a “media hailstorm.”

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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank has maintained a close relationship with MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle for years, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Ruhle advises him on a variety of matters, according to the report, and her advice sometimes overrules others in the company.

That may have landed Under Armour in some hot water in 2017. At that time, the Trump presidency was still nascent, and many businesses leaders avoided saying anything for fear of angering either supporters or detractors of the president.

Ruhle advised Plank to directly engage President Donald Trump, which was the opposite of what many within Under…