WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday met with members of his Strategic and Policy Forum to discuss various issues, after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from the forum.
The forum was created by Trump as a way for prominent executives to share "their specific experience and knowledge" when the president implements his economic policies.
According to Chairman and CEO of the Blackstone Group Stephen Schwarzman, the forum provided possibilities for creative ideas to be accepted, which was described in an interview with CNBC by the leader of the forum as "instant receptivity."
The meeting was held before Trump is to sign the executive order on regulating the financial system, with discussions mainly focusing on immigration, taxation, trade and finance, among others.
According to an online official transcript, Trump expressed hope that the meeting could help to "bring back our jobs, to get taxes even lower."
"We're getting rid of your regulations. And I think it's going to be some really very exciting times ahead ... We're going to be coming up with a tax bill soon, a health care bill even sooner. And it's really working out," said Trump.
Although the Strategic and Policy Forum carries the hope of the president to impact certain industries, several members have already been under pressure amid the tension and disagreements over Trump's policies such as the travel ban.
Recently, the U.S. transport technology company Uber has become the target of public outrage at Trump's executive order of temporarily banning global refugees and nationals of seven Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Starting Saturday, social media meme #DeleteUber went viral as people perceived the company to be profiting off the cab drivers who halted work at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in protest against the executive order.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick quit from the Strategic and Policy Forum the night before Friday's meeting, as the business titan complained that his presence on the panel was misunderstood.
"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," said Kalanick in a memo.
The inauguration of Trump, as well as his controversial policies, has been treated with tides of protests in the United States.
Uber is not the only company that felt discomfort as protesting people tended to take whoever has ties with Trump and his family business as the target.