Uber CEO drops off of Trump economic council after backlash

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Uber’s chief executive Travis Kalanick has bowed out of US President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council, after the ride-sharing company was caught up in a furious backlash against a presidential order on immigration and refugees.

The news of Mr Kalanick’s departure from the council was first reported by Recode. The Uber chief executive had previously defended his decision to advise the Trump administration, alongside numerous business leaders, including Tesla’s Elon Musk. But in an email to employees on Thursday, which was seen by the FT, Mr Kalanick said:

Earlier today I spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community. 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.

Anger over Mr Kalanick’s perceived ties to President Trump spurred an internet campaign to “#deleteUber”, sending some customers to Uber rival Lyft.

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