Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quits Trump advisory council after protests

Uber Technologies Inc. chief executive Travis Kalanick stepped down from a position on President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council Thursday, saying his participation was being misinterpreted as an endorsement of Trump.

Uber has faced a hail of criticism in recent weeks, both because of Kalanick’s participation on the council and accusations that it undermined a taxi strike at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport last weekend over Trump’s temporary ban on immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries.

In a memo to employees Thursday, Kalanick said he opposed the immigrant ban and spoke about it to the president before stepping down from the council.

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