Uber CEO Travis Kalanick left the business advisory group of US President Donald Trump as a movement was developing to get rid of the sharing service due to its connection with the new administration.
Kalanick said yesterday in an e-mail to Uber’s employees that he spoke briefly with Trump about the recent presidential order limiting immigration, saying he told him he would not be able to participate To its economic council.
“Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda, but unfortunately he was misinterpreted to be exactly that,” Kalanick said in the email, a copy of which was obtained by AFP .
Trump’s advisory group was created last year and includes Tesla and SpaceX Chief Elon Musk, as well as IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. His first meeting would have been scheduled for today.
“There are many ways to continue advocating for a just change on immigration, but staying on the council was going to prevail,” Kalanick said in the message to Uber’s workers.
“Immigration and openness to refugees is an important part of our country’s success and, frankly, that of Uber.
Uber pilots and drivers rushed against Kalanick and his service for what they see as he teamed up with Trump, whose orders and nominations have sparked protests here and abroad.
A #DeleteUber campaign gained momentum on social media, prompting people to drop the service and switch to rival Lyft – a company that saw its popularity soar after it said it would give $ 1 million At the American Civil Liberties Union, Trump’s measures.
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Trump’s ordinance, issued last week, targets people from seven Muslim-majority countries, temporarily banned from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.
“This is an important demonstration of solidarity with immigrant drivers who helped build Uber,” said Jim Conigliaro, founder of a Guild of Independent Drivers who claims to represent more than 40,000 Uber drivers in New York.
“We are encouraged that Uber has listened to the pilots and the community on this important issue that is an integral part of the promise of the American dream.