We might finally have an answer to the age-old question "Does Travis Kalanick comprehend or care about basic human emotion?"
And that answer is "Kinda?"
After weeks of withering criticism, outrage and a concerted campaign to hurt Uber's bottom line, Kalanick has reportedly decided to capitulate on the cause of all this anger: his membership on Donald Trump's economic advisory council.
Travis Kalanick, chief executive of Uber, plans to step down from President Donald J. Trump’s economic advisory council, according to an email that the executive sent to employees on Thursday that was obtained by The New York Times.
“Earlier today I spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community,” Mr. Kalanick wrote. “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.”
While it is unclear what happened in the moments leading up to Travis' big decision, we can only assume that after peering over the pile of "Atlas Shrugged" first editions that he uses as a safety wall in his office, Kalanick asked how bad things were going with the whole #DeleteUber thing and then queried the nearest intern why all those people outside Uber HQ were making those scrunched-up faces.
After being told "That's what rage looks like, Mr, Kalanick," Travis then told his assistant to draft a letter announcing his departure from Trump's council, and also to fire the intern who neglected to call him by his chosen office moniker "John Galt."
And while Kalanick will now be expected to occasionally respond to the silly whims of perceived morality, he can at least take the time he had committed to helping rebuilding America's middle-class job market with President Trump and put it towards his true passion: Automating thousands of Uber dirvers out of jobs as soon as possible.