Uber CEO quits Trump advisory council

By Gian Mccann | Feb 02, 2017
Travis Kalanick has left the Trump economic advisory council amidst widespread criticism.

Uber has come under heavy criticism after many accused the ride sharing company of attempting to take advantage of social unrest in the country for monetary gain. After U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending immigration into the United States of America forcitizensfrom several Muslim majority countries, cab driversin New York City protested by refusing to take rides from John F. Kennedy airport for a certain amount of time. Uber responded to the protest by temporarily suspending its surge pricing in order to pick up the riders that the cab drivers were refusing to take. Uber has, in the past, been accused of behaving unethically before by raising its prices during the protests in Baltimore, Maryland and Ferguson, Missouri during protests of police brutality. The tactic by Uber led many users to delete the app from their phones.

Kalanick, the CEO of Uber, held a regularly scheduled meeting with staff members on Tuesdayto discuss another pressing matter: his being a part of the Trump economic advisory council.

"There would be no Uber without immigrants," said Jim Conigliaro Jr., founder of the Independent Drivers Guild. "As a company whose success is built on a foundation of hard work by immigrant workers, Uber can and should do better to stand up for immigrants and their workers."

Many employees wondered why Kalanick continued to advise President Trump after the immigration ban.

"What would it take for you to quit the economic council?" asked at least two employees.

Kalanick responded to the pressure by announcing his departure from the council.


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