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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Uber boss quits Trump business forum amid boycott calls

Uber has been hit by boycott campaigns that began when people perceived it as trying to break a taxi strike at New York's JFK Airport
Uber has been hit by boycott campaigns that began when people perceived it as trying to break a taxi strike at New York's JFK Airport

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick has quit President Donald Trump's business leaders' forum, according to an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press.

Mr Kalanick wrote that he had spoken with Mr Trump on Thursday and "let him know that I would not be able to participate on his economic council".

He 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."

The ride-sharing company has been buffeted all week by boycott campaigns that began when people perceived it as trying to break a taxi strike at New York's JFK Airport.

The strike was inspired by Mr Trump's executive order temporarily suspending the country's refugee programme.

Mr Kalanick subsequently condemned the executive order and has contributed to relief groups, but calls for a boycott have continued.

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