Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Leaves Trump's Economic Advisory Council

"There's a growing fear the U.S. is no longer a place that welcomes immigrants."

The New York Times reports that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has left President Trump's economic advisory council after confronting an ethical dilemma surrounding the president's controversial travel ban against residents of various countries.

"Earlier today I spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community," Mr. Kalanick wrote in an email obtained by editors at The Times. "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."

CNN, who also received a copy of the memo said to have been sent to Uber employees, reported that Kalanick took something of a stand against the recent executive order.  

"There are many ways we will continue to advocate for just change on immigration but staying on the council was going to get in the way of that," Kalanick's memo read. "The executive order is hurting many people in communities all across America. Families are being separated, people are stranded overseas and there's a growing fear the U.S. is no longer a place that welcomes immigrants."

The memo came just days after Kalanick vowed to assist Uber drivers affected by the ban in a post to his Facebook page, in which he promised to:

"- Provide 24/7 legal support for drivers who are trying to get back into the country. Our lawyers and immigration experts will be on call 24/7 to help.
- Compensate drivers for their lost earnings. This will help them support their families and put food on the table while they are banned from the US;
- Urge the government to reinstate the right of U.S. residents to travel - whatever their country of origin - immediately;
- Create a $3 million legal defense fund to help drivers with immigration and translation services."

The post in full can be seen below.


Kalanick's decision, then, seem to reflect the political will of his company, as well as its clientele. There are many ways in 2017 to make your voice heard, and this certainly counts among them.

Note: A Plus' co-founder, Ashton Kutcher, is also an investor in Uber.

Cover image via Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media / Wikimedia.


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