Uber’s chief technology officer (CTO), Thuan Pham described President Donald Trump as a “deplorable person” in an email sent to his colleagues immediately after the 2016 presidential election.
Business Insider reported that CTO Pham also compared Trump’s victory to infamously tragic historical periods such as Mao Zedong’s reign in China and the war in Darfur.
The email was shared throughout the ride-sharing company, initially, and was recirculated recently following reports of internal strife among employees.
Pham wrote, “Likewise, I could hardly sleep at night. I am still shocked and numbed from the absolutely illogical outcomes of this election … [which] certifies the dumbing down of America, the racist, divisive and hateful attitudes. I will not even utter the name of this deplorable person because I do not accept him as my leader. I will instead do everything I can to help defeat him and his destructive agenda over the next few years.”
President Trump appointed Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to be an economic adviser in December, and that appointment didn’t sit well with some of the company employees.
Kalanick brought the subject up during one of the company’s weekly meetings, specifically mentioning how many CEOs of other companies are part of the economic advisory team.
“We have a party — our political party is called the Urban Mobility Party. The shorthand is UMP. We’re a coalition party; 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. And so that’s what this is about. It’s about the leaders we have to work with around the world, not just here in the United States but everywhere. And being optimistic, asking can we make urban mobility better?” Kalanick stated.
An employee who wished to stay anonymous said, “I am embarrassed that my CEO’s actions have caused people outside the company to view me as collaborating with this unreasonable administration. I am not in a position to leave my job, but I’ll be watchful for signs of direct collaboration.”
On Friday, protesters made a “human wall” outside Uber’s headquarters in San Francisco, and also blocked the side entrance doors, because of the company’s connection to Trump. Uber told its employees to work from home.
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Due to his email, CTO Pham’s dislike for President Trump is well known among his employees and another anonymous employee told Business Insider, “He is probably one of the most loved employees, and this was a lapse of judgment. If you read up on Thuan, he is a refugee from Vietnam, so a lot of the rhetoric really hits home for him.”
As of now, Pham remains CTO of Uber despite the CEO’s new position with President Trump.
H/T: Daily Caller
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