Facing a backlash from consumers, Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick has stepped down from President Trump's economic advisory council.
In an email sent today to employees of the San Francisco-based company, Kalanick 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."
Despite coming out against Trump's executive order temporarily banning all refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries, Uber faced a consumer backlash over the weekend. The ride-hailing company decided to suspend surge pricing at JFK Airport during a taxi strike in protest of the executive order. Angry consumers quickly helped spread the #DeleteUber hashtag. And co-founder Kalanick also came under attack for participating in Trump's economic panel.
"There are many ways we will continue to advocate for just change on immigration, but staying on the council was going to get in the way of that," Kalanick wrote to employees. "The executive order is hurting many people in communities all across America."
Here is a copy of the email obtained by KQED: