Travis Kalanick, the CEO of the ride-hailing company Uber has chosen to exit President Trump’s Advisory Council after criticism from his company’s drivers and customers after Trump’s controversial executive order leading to the #DeleteUber campaign on Twitter.
Travis Kalanick had first joined the President’s Advisory Council in December last year along with other renowned figures like Indra Nooyi, Elon Musk, etc.
Uber CEO: I'm with Trump
Uber CEO: naw run that back, I aint even mean it like that
— Wokeness Everdeen (@LexieS1723) February 3, 2017
— California Liberal (@California_Lib) January 31, 2017
Silicon Valley in Turmoil
Mr. Kalanick’s exit from the advisory council is something many Silicon Valley CEOs are facing. The dilemma they face is that on one hand, many tech executives have openly tried to engage with the president, a path that is typically good for business.
Yet, on the other hand, Trump’s immigration order has been heavily criticized by the public. Many of the tech workers are immigrants who advocate globalization who are now exerting pressure on their chief executives to push back forcefully against the Trump administration.
Facebook employees voiced their frustration about Peter Thiel— billionaire tech investor and adviser to Mr. Trump, still having a seat on Facebook’s board. Google, employees have protested against the immigration order.
Events Leading to Kalanick’s Exit
Uber was under attack after people accused the company of making a profit from giving rides to airport customers in New York during the weekend protests against President Trump’s executive order that barred immigrants and refugees from entering the United States.
Apart from that, Uber also faced other fallout from as more than 200,000 customers had deleted their accounts and #DeleteUber was trending on Twitter, as Lyft, Uber’s rival took over the Apple AppStore Downloads for the first time.
Kalanick also faced internal pressure from his employees as some Uber employees directly asked him: “What would it take for you to quit the economic council?” in a meeting.
Kalanick wrote to his employees in an email that he’d talked to President Trump to: “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.”
People React To The Exit
Uber's CEO resigned from Trump's council. Nordstrom is dropping Ivanka Trump.
Vote ? with ? your ? money
— Jeanna Kadlec (@jeannakadlec) February 3, 2017
So far, our engagement this week has gotten Uber to leave Trump advisory team, Nordstrom to dump Ivanka, and 2 Republicans to flip on DeVos!
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) February 3, 2017
It is a weak move when money…not ethics…made the Uber CEO leave Trump's Advisory Council…
Still using Lyft.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 3, 2017