The founder of a California tech company has resigned after he appeared to post threats to kill President-elect Donald Trump on social media last week, the company confirmed Tuesday.
Matthew Harrigan, who founded PacketSled, a network security company, in 2012, apologized for what he called "a flawed joke" that had been taken out of context. He stressed that his "poor judgment" doesn't represent the views of PacketSled, a startup headquartered in Del Mar, near San Diego.
In a statement Tuesday, the company's board of directors said it "does not condone the comments made by Mr. Harrigan" and had accepted his resignation as president and chief executive, effective immediately. Earlier, the company said that it had placed Harrigan on leave and that it had reported the remarks to the Secret Service.