Musk Wants To Stay On Trump’s Panel Even After Battle Rears Over Immigration Ban

While Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has left President Donald Trump’s economic advisory panel, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is staying on to be heard by the new president.

Kalanick issued a statement to Uber drivers about leaving the Trump panel after a social media assault was launched against the ride-hailing company. Taxi drivers at JFK Airport in New York had carried out a one-hour ban for picking up passengers to protest the administration’s controversial immigrant ban. A #DeleteUber movement went up on Twitter to ask people to remove the Uber app from their smart phones in protest.

Kalanick sent out an email to Uber drivers explaining how the company was going to leave the Trump advisory group over the immigration issue. He also said the ride-ailing company would be creating a $3 million legal defense fund to help Uber drivers with immigration and translation services.

“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,” Kalanick said in his email. “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. Immigration and openness to refugees is an important part of our country’s success and quite honestly to Uber’s.”

Musk, who had also accepted a place on the economic advisory forum in December, issued his own statement on the immigration policy.

“In December, I agreed to join the Presidential Advisory forum to provide feedback on issues that I think are important for our country and the world,” Musk said. “In tomorrow’s meeting, I and others will express our objections to the recent executive order on immigration and offer suggestions for changes to the policy.”

“Advisory councils simply provide advice and attending does not mean that I agree with actions by the Administration,” Musk continued. “My goals are to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and to help make humanity a multi-planet (civilization), a consequence of which will be the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs and a more inspiring future for all. I understand the perspective of those who object to my attending this meeting, but I believe at this time that engaging on critical issues will on balance serve the greater good.”

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Gas 2.0 reported that there’s been a backlash against Musk for staying on Trump’s advisory board. Some have canceled their Tesla Model 3 orders and criticized Musk on Twitter.

A Trump advisor has said that Musk floated the idea of initiating a carbon tax while attending a recent manufacturing advisory meeting. It seems to have fallen on deaf ears with Trump and other corporate executives.

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