An Uber internal email heavily critical of Donald Trump was meant to be circulated among a small group of employees but it has spread quickly throughout the company and has now emerged online.
The heavily-worded message, penned by Uber chief technology officer Thuan Pham just after the 2016 presidential election, included passages comparing Trump’s election to the rise of dictators such as China’s Mao Zedong and Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge.
Today, Thuan Pham is the successful Chief Technology Officer at Uber, the most valuable ride-sharing startup in the world worth over $62 billion, but as a child, Pham struggled to survive as a poor refugee boy escaping a war-ravaged Vietnam.
Pham was among the tens of thousands of refugees who fled from the Vietnam War in 1979. The 10-year-old Pham, his mom and his siblings were crammed with hundreds of other Vietnamese refugees on a 60-meter boat on their way to an uncertain future.