The President’s son Donald Trump Jr., who has come under scrutiny after his use of a private Twitter account to ask a company to lift a ride in his car, on Wednesday apologized for using the account to promote his tweet, in which he shared his father’s “sexist” tweet.
The President, who had criticized Uber on Twitter for lifting a trip in his father, told reporters in the White House Rose Garden that he “made a mistake.”
“I should have used my own account, not that of Uber,” Trump Jr said.
“And that’s something I regret and apologize for.
But that’s a fact.”
“If I had not tweeted, Uber would not have been willing to give me the lift,” he said.
The president’s son did not elaborate on the tweet.
He used the tweet to ask Uber to lift the ride he was taking in his vehicle on Wednesday night after his father had called Uber to tell them he was in trouble with the law, according to the White Hill blog.
“I’m not sure where you got the idea that this was something that should be taken seriously, but I appreciate the fact that you did,” Trump said.
Earlier in the day, the president had said he would not let Uber off the hook for lifting his ride, calling it “disgraceful.”
Trump Jr wrote that he was “looking forward to the opportunity” to get back into the car after his dad was arrested at a rally in Alabama on Friday.
“If it turns out that the law in Alabama has been changed, I’m looking forward to being able to get into my car,” he wrote.
“Thank you, @realDonaldTrump.”
The president said he has been using the private Twitter accounts to “try to get my message out” and was looking forward “to getting back into my own car.”
“This is what @Uber is all about: Making money, making profits, not protecting its users, and protecting its drivers,” Trump tweeted.
Uber responded to the President’s tweets, saying that “it’s a sad commentary on the power of the First Amendment and the role that free speech plays in a democratic society.”
“The President’s continued use of the @Uber account is not a reflection of the President or the company’s commitment to equal opportunity,” Uber said in a statement.
The company added that the President “should not be allowed to use the platform for personal gain, and that we are working to work with him to remove his use from our platform.”
The President also retweeted an angry user who called Uber “evil,” “evil” and “evil.”
“Trump should be ashamed of himself and of his followers,” the user said.
Trump Jr, who was also attending a rally, said he was not using the platform “for personal gain.”
“My purpose was to ask an Uber driver to pick me up from the rally and get me to the airport,” he told reporters.
“It was my right as a citizen to use my personal Twitter account for my political views and to ask questions about a controversial topic,” he added.
“As a journalist, I would never use my private Twitter for political purposes.”
The tweet prompted a barrage of criticism on Twitter from people who claimed the President had used the account “for nefarious purposes” and were calling for his immediate resignation.
Uber released a statement saying that the company “respects and believes in free speech.”
The company said the tweet was not a “misunderstanding” and that it “regrets any harm caused.”
“We believe that free expression is a cornerstone of our business model, and we will continue to vigorously defend the First and Second Amendments, which are core values of the company,” the statement read.
“We take all allegations of discrimination seriously and we are investigating this matter.”
Uber has been under fire in recent days after the company admitted it was investigating claims that its drivers and drivers-only members discriminated against female drivers.
Earlier this month, the company was sued by a former Uber driver who alleged that she was retaliated against for her sexual orientation and gender identity.
The lawsuit said Uber was violating its own policy by discriminating against women.