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SAP Chief Distances Himself from Trump Immigration Halt

SAP SE Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott Holds Forth-quarter Results News Conference
SAP CEO Bill McDermott. Picture Source: Bloomberg

Bill McDermott, the American chief executive of German software giant SAP, has distanced himself from U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration in an internal letter to company staff seen by Handelsblatt.

“As a proud citizen of the United States, I believe in its beautiful civic and cultural fabric, undeniably stitched together by immigrants from every corner of the world. America will find its way back to its original identity – a dream built on opportunity and equality for all,” he wrote.

Mr. McDermott didn’t criticize the new U.S. president directly, but said he had told colleagues affected by the executive order that “we will protect each other’s human rights and reject any attempt to discriminate on any basis.”

Mr. McDermottt’s letter to employees worldwide, in German and English, was in response to Mr. Trump’s executive order over the weekend suspending all nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the United States. SAP didn’t say how many of its own employees have been affected, but Silicon Valley tech companies including Google, Twitter and Apple have also come out against the order.

“If you’re scared, stay strong. If you’re frustrated, stay active,” Mr. McDermott told his employees.

Mr. Trump’s order has been challenged in U.S. courts and criticized by the government in Germany and across much of Europe.