Uber CEO and former Uber executive Travis Kalani told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Thursday that he expects to take on President Donald Trump in the 2018 election, according to Axios.
“We are not going to get to where we want to be, but we are going with all the passion we have,” Kalananick said.
“I am going to fight this on every level.
And I have to fight it on every stage.
And so I am going with everything I have.
And if I get to the White House, I will be able to tell you that we are fighting this.
We are going forward with the Trump Administration and we are in this for the long haul.”
Kalanani also said that he believes he can help the company win the 2020 election and that he’s confident that the company can be a winner.
“It’s all about getting a win,” he said.
Uber CEO Kalanans first full day in the White Houses office comes after he told employees in a tweet on April 27 that he would be making his first public remarks on the president.
The president’s response was swift and strong: Kalanic told employees to “keep calm and carry on” and that the public should “respect the fact that I have been out of the business for years.”
Trump, who had previously said he would consider leaving the company, tweeted that he was “saddened” by Kalani’s comments, saying “we are all watching closely to see what he does in his first day in office.”
On Wednesday, Trump tweeted a series of tweets condemning the “disgraceful” comments by Kalani.
“If the president really cared about Uber, he’d have never made those comments,” Kalani said.