Uber CEO Vows to Starts $3M Defense Fund for Drivers Affected by Trump Ban

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s ties to Donald Trump have left both him and his company in hot water after the president signed an order last Friday suspending immigration to the United Sates from Muslim countries.

A #DeleteUber campaign was started via social media after Kalanick, who is a member of Trump’s business council, failed to immediately condemn the ban on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen entering the United States for at least the next 90 days.

Kalanick on Sunday called the ban “unjust” and promised to set up a $ 3-million legal defense fund for affected Uber drivers. He said roughly 12 Uber employees, who are legal residents, would be impacted if they traveled outside the U.S.

Here’s his post:

Kalnick, in a Facebook entry on Saturday, posted a letter he had penned to his employees entitled ‘Standing up for what’s right.’
“While every government has their own immigration controls, allowing people from all around the world to come here and make America their home has largely been the U.S.’s policy since its founding. That means this ban will impact many innocent people—an issue that I will raise this coming Friday when I go to Washington for President Trump’s first business advisory group meeting,” he wrote.
“We’ve taken the view that in order to serve cities you need to give their citizens a voice, a seat at the table. We partner around the world optimistically in the belief that by speaking up and engaging we can make a difference. Our experience is that not doing so shortchanges cities and the people who live in them. This is why I agreed in early December to join President Trump’s economic advisory group… I understand that many people internally and externally may not agree with that decision, and that’s OK. It’s the magic of living in America that people are free to disagree. But whatever your view please know that I’ve always believed in principled confrontation and just change; and have never shied away (maybe to my detriment) from fighting for what’s right.”
Aside from Kalnick, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty are members of  Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, and are there to advise on matters of business and technology. The Forum, which will be chaired by Blackstone CEO Stephen A. Schwarzman, also includes General Motors CEO Mary Barra, Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi, Disney CEO Bob Iger and former GE chairman Jack Welch, to name a few. The group was established to meet with Trump on a regular basis to offer their input as he implements his economic agenda.

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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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