Uber CEO quits Trump's economic advisory board

Kalanick disclosed this in an email to employees on Thursday, February 2.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick gestures as he delivers an address to employees and drivers, to mark the company's five year anniversary, in San Francisco, California June 3, 2015.

"Earlier today I spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community," he wrote in the email, "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."

Kalanick faces a growing wave of criticism from Uber employees and customers for saying he would continue to engage with Trump after the executive order banning refugees and others from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The backlash illustrated the difficult path ahead for technology executives in working with Trump. Protests were scheduled to take place at Uber offices around the country on Thursday.

At an all-hands meeting last week, Kalanick told employees Uber was working with Trump to pursue its mission of improving transportation around the globe.

"We'll partner with anyone in the world as long they're about making transportation in cities better, creating job opportunities, making it easier to get around, getting pollution out of the air and traffic off the streets," Kalanick told his employees.

Protesters stormed the streets of America shortly after Trump signed the executive order,

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