(Written by Jesse Priest.)
Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, left President Trump’s economic advisory council Thursday citing the backlash and “misinterpretation” that began on social media about his participation with the President.
The hashtag #deleteuber began trending in response to accusations that they tried to profit from protests in New York City of Donald Trump’s executive order that banned entry to the U.S. to immigrants and refugees from seven countries that the Trump administration deemed dangerous.
Another reason mentioned was that Kalanick, by being on Trump’s advisory council, endorsed Trump’s Administration or EO and that if he disagrees with the EO then he should resign.
In the letter that Kalanick released Thursday, he said, “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.” But Uber customers thought differently, and many began to delete their Uber apps. The New York Times reported that over 200,000 users had deleted their accounts.
Then, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk came out and explained his reason for staying in Trump’s advisory council saying, “Advisory councils simply provide advice and attending does not mean that I agree with the actions by the Administration.”
Musk was then subjected to criticism by one of the starters of the #deleteuber hashtag.
Musk expressed that he would do everything he could to advise the president on amendments that could be made to the controversial executive order and asked his Twitter audience to provide amendment suggestions to the order.
He believes that engaging with Trump and having a foot in the door and opportunity to persuade Trump of his ideas is the most practical solution to the problem. Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, by removing himself of the council, also removes his voice and his influence.