Microsoft exits Trump’s digital advisory board

Microsoft president and legal chief Brad Smith has also left the US government’s digital economy advisory board. The move comes in wake of President Trump’s inability to unequivocally condemn racists, actively defending white supremacists and repeatedly attacking anti-fascist protestors.

A spokesman for Microsoft said, “Effective today, Brad is no longer a member of the group.”

He joins a host of other confirmed resignations such as of executive chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation Mitchell Baker; president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Karen Bartleson; Sonia Katyal, a professor of law at the University of California; CEO of the Markle Foundation Zoë Baird; Greg Becker, CEO of Silicon Valley Bank; Oisin Hanrahan, CEO of Handy; and Corey Thomas, CEO of Rapid7.

Meanwhile, Zoë Baird, a co-chair of the advisory board, said “It is the moral responsibility of our leaders to unite Americans by respecting the diversity and inclusion that enables our country to generate new opportunity and celebrate freedom. In order to preserve these cherished values, there must never be equivocation in denouncing hate, bigotry, violence, and racism.”

Mitchell Baker, another co-chair, wrote “It is the responsibility of leaders to take action and lift up each and every American. Our leaders must unequivocally denounce bigotry, racism, sexism, hate, and violence.”

Prof Katyal has been quoted as saying, “It has been an honor to serve as a member of the digital economy advisory board, to be appointed by the Obama administration, and to work alongside such talented individuals in advancing the goals of creating more opportunities for others through technology and innovation.”

After these resignations those who remain in the team look like Trump’s loyalists, adherents and followers than patriots doing their duty.