Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, is one of the few technology executives to be on the business advisory team of the U.S. President Donald Trump. On Friday, the CEO was also announced as part of a manufacturing jobs initiative by the White House.
Musk gets some flack for cooperating with Trump
The White House released a list of around 30 business leaders this Friday. Some of the tech leaders, whose names were included in the list, met with the President on Monday. The White House says that the business leaders will assist in advising a new manufacturing initiative on “how to best promote job growth.”
The tech-industry names on the list are Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Dell Technologies founder CEO Michael Dell, and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk. However, the question that now forms in most minds is “Whether or not Musk, who is a clean energy evangelist, actually all in with an administration whose leader (Donald Trump) has dismissed climate change.”
Musk, who is also a member of the PayPal Mafia and chairman of SolarCity, is a famous leader in business as well as technology. However, the CEO is getting his share of flack for cooperating with the Trump administration, whose other policies and views are controversial. In a tweet, a user named suzieofficial wrote, “Dude, what are you doing? You are losing #credibility by the minute. Come back to the #light!” To this, Musk replied, “Yeah, am hearing this from a lot of people & it’s getting me down. I’m just trying to make a positive contribution & hope good comes of it.”
Musk receives backlash for showing support for Tillerson’s nomination
The Chief executive of the electric car making giant also got some censure when he voiced his support for the U.S. President’s nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state on the micro-blogging giant. Musk defended himself at that moment by saying that Tillerson is competent and has admitted that climate change is real. The CEO added that Tillerson, who is a longtime Exxon executive, has voiced support for a carbon tax. And we all know that Carbon tax is something that Musk has championed.
In November before the presidential election, Musk had said that he did not think Donald Trump would be right for the job of being the country’s President. Musk was, however, named as part of the business advisory team of the newly elected president in December. He is representing the advisory team with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.
Last week, a Morgan Stanley analyst hiked up Tesla stock based on what he sees as the blossoming relationship of Musk with the Trump administration. In an interview to the New York Times, Adam Jonas, the analyst, said “To the extent the new administration prioritizes the creation of valuable, innovative high tech and manufacturing jobs, Tesla stands at the epicenter of that.” The electric car making giant has refused to comment on the matter.