In an interview with Axios, Dara Khosrowshahi claimed "people make mistakes" when discussing the assassination and said "it doesn't mean they can never be forgiven". He added, "It's a serious mistake".
So how does responding to a question about the gruesome murder of a journalist by calling it a mistake and then equating that mistake to another mistake in which your company killed someone because you have failed to consider an obvious component of driving on roads in your self-driving auto program, and then insisting that you be forgiven, come in that listing?
The CIA has reportedly concluded that Prince Mohammed ordered the operation to kill Khashoggi. He previously said that he was "very troubled" by reports on Khashoggi's murder and canceled his appearance at the forum.
In a report in June, Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, said the journalist was the victim of "deliberate, premeditated execution" for which Saudi Arabia bore responsibility.
"Did you not go this year because of the Khashoggi situation?"
"I didn't read that part of the Central Intelligence Agency report", Khosrowshahi responded.
"Well that's convenient", Primack countered, "but you're the CEO, you probably could have rescheduled that". This year, he also did not attend - not because of Khashoggi, but because of what he said was a board meeting coincidentally scheduled "years ahead" of time that he could not miss or reschedule.
Yasir Al-Rumayyan, an official from Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, sits on Uber's board. "A mistake is not brutally murdering by hacking a journalist who opposed his government". "Should that person be on the board of a U.S. company?"
"I think from a Saudi perspective, they're just like any other shareholder", Khosrowshahi told Axios.
"We've made mistakes too, right?"
Khashoggi - a USA resident and prominent Saudi critic - was killed in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate a year ago.
In the interview that aired on Sunday, Khosrowshahi said "it doesn't mean they can never be forgiven". But the episode wasn't just about MBS-Minhaj detailed the many companies, including Uber, that relied on Saudi money to survive. "Now we're a public company, anyone can invest in our company if they choose to do so".
It's easy to see the response as a temporary lapse in judgment under pressure - and indeed that's what Khosrowshahi has argued in a subsequent response the day after the interview. "I said something in the moment that I do not believe", the statement said. "When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, his murder was reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused", said the statement reported by the news website.
Uber was one of many companies that chose to boycott Saudi Arabia's investment conference - also referred to as Davos in the Desert - a year ago in response to news about Khashoggi's disappearance and subsequent murder at the hands of Saudi agents.
Officials in the USA and at the United Nations suspect that Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Salman played a role in Mr Khashoggi's murder.