Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quits Trump’s advisory council

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quits Trump's advisory board

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick left President Trump’s economic advisory group, according to the internal memo he sent to Uber employees. Kalanick was supposed to be present at the board meeting on Friday, but made the decision to quit following the latest protests against his involvement in Donald Trump’s administration.

“Earlier today I spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community,” Kalanick wrote in the memo. “I also let him know that I would not be able to participate on his economic council. Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.”

Uber drew criticism last weekend for allegedly trying to break the strike of taxi drivers protesting against immigration ban signed by President Trump. Travis Kalanick opposed the immigration ban and announced that Uber will provide legal help for all affected drivers, compensate their losses incurred as a result of the executive order and create a $3 million fund to help Uber drivers affected by the immigration ban. However, a social media campaign #DeleteUber lead to about 200,000 people deleting their Uber accounts. For the first time major Uber competitor Lyft made it to the top of the App Store.

“Immigration and openness to refugees is an important part of our country’s success and quite honestly to Uber’s. I am incredibly proud to work directly with people like Thuan and Emil, both of whom were refugees who came here to build a better life for themselves. I know it has been a tough week for many of you and your families, as well as many thousands of drivers whose stories are heartfelt and heart-wrenching.” Kalanick wrote announcing his decision to leave the board.

Other advisory council members include Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, Virginia Rometty of IBM, Bob Iger of Disney, Mary Barra of General Motors, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase & Company and Laurence Fink of BlackRock. None of them expressed an intention to leave the group.

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