Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick has recused himself from President Trump’s business advisory council citing Trump’s travel ban as the reason.
A week after President Trump’s travel ban has been implemented, Kalanick sent a memo to Uber employees advising them of his reasons:
Earlier today I spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community,” Kalanick said in the memo obtained by CNN. “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.
The council was to have it’s first meeting on Friday consisting of 16 business leaders like Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone Group LP, Bob Iger, the CEO of Walt Disney Co; Jim McNerney, former CEO of Boeing Co ; and Ginni Rometty, CEO of International Business Machines Corp.
Kalanick went on to say that:
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 said in the memo. “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.
This comes as a shock, however, the travel ban has caused many problems outraging companies started by immigrants.