One of the economic advisers of President Donald Trump is Travis Kalanick, who is the same time, the CEO of ride sharing or car for hire app, Uber. Fortunately, he resigned from the government position.
Trump has been under fire recently because of his executive order to ban immigration for Muslim-populated countries. Tech companies and universities in the US are definitely not happy about his.
The controversy is most likely the reason behind Kalanick’s resignation. His appointment to become Trump’s as been misinterpreted and criticized by his staff and users.
Uber may be directly affected by the immigration ban. Anywhere in the world, as long there is internet connection, Uber is an alternative option for travelers who wants safe and comfortable transportation. Some Uber drivers might be immigrants too.
Kalanick will be replaced by Tesla chief, Elon Musk who will be attending a meeting with the president on Friday. He clarifies that being part of the team of advisers does not mean they have direct involvement to the movements of the administrations. Instead, they get involved with issues by giving consultations which also means they can argue or object with the government plans.
Mr Kalanick leaves a memo to his staff:
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. Earlier today I spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community.
When Uber got involved in the controversy, the hashtag #DeleteUber suddenly went viral as many social media practitioners are against the immigration ban.
Source: BBC News