Donald Trump, who is an avid golf player, must be wishing he could call a Mulligan right about now because, by almost all accounts, he’s shanked his first week as U.S President.
Trump’s January 27 executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. prompted tens of thousands of pissed-off protesters to take to the streets and rally in airports across the nation over the weekend.
The U.S. technology industry, which relies heavily on foreign-born employees, and could be adversely affected by the ban, is responding to Trump’s order with its own harsh criticism.
Top executives at Google, Apple, Microsoft, Airbnb, Netflix, Tesla Motors and Lyft are denouncing the order as immoral and unconstitutional. Google said in a statement:
“We’re concerned about the impact of this order and any proposals that could impose restrictions on Googlers and their families, or that could create barriers to bringing great talent to the U.S.”
Google added that they will "continue to make [their] views on these issues known to leaders in Washington and elsewhere."
Google is putting its money where its mouth is by setting up a $2 million crisis fund that will be matched with donations by employees for a total of $4 million to help immigrants. The money will be sent to four organizations: the American Civil Liberties Union, International Rescue Committee, Immigrant Legal Resource Center and UNHCR.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted that the impact of Trump's ban is "real and upsetting."
The Executive Order's humanitarian and economic impact is real and upsetting. We benefit from what refugees and immigrants bring to the U.S. https://t.co/HdwVGzIECt— jack (@jack) January 28, 2017
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky penned and posted a note on the company website saying:
“Barring refugees and people who are not a threat from entering America simply because they are from a certain country is not right and we must stand with those who are affected. The doors to America shall remain open and any that are locked will not be for long."
Chesky added that he profoundly disagrees with the order, and it is a direct obstacle to Airbnb's mission.
Apple CEO Tim Cook stated in a company-wide letter that Trump’s ban was “not a policy we support,” adding “we have reached out to the White House to explain the negative effect on our coworkers and our company.”
Netflix Chief Executive Reed Hastings blasted the President saying it’s been “a sad week” and that “it is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity.”
Many people negatively affected by this policy are strong supporters of the US. They've done right,not wrong & don't deserve to be rejected.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2017
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk said on Twitter: “The blanket entry ban on citizens from certain primarily Muslim countries is not the best way to address the country’s challenges.”
Donald Trump, who tragically inhabits a prefabricated condo built of “alternative facts,” has responded to the criticism by taking aim at U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s tearful response to the ban, saying “there’s about a 5 percent chance (Schumer’s tears) are real,” adding “I noticed Chuck Schumer yesterday with fake tears. I’m going to ask him who is his acting coach.”
To be fair, that is a pretty clever response...for a schoolyard bully.
Refusing to take any personal responsibility for the hundreds of immigrants detained at U.S. airports over the weekend, Trump put the blame on the airlines, saying on Twitter:
"Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage..."
Sad! Very sad.