Elon Musk had promised before that he would leave the White House advisory councils of President Trump if America withdraws from the Paris agreement and it looks like the Tesla Chief Executive is making good on his promise. On the micro-blogging site, the SpaceX CEO wrote that he is leaving Trump advisory councils.
Musk keeps his promise, leaves Trump’s council
On Wednesday, Musk promised that he would step down from his official advisory roles with the administration if Trump goes through his plan to leave the Paris Climate Accord. On Thursday, the U.S. President Donald Trump had announced that the country would be removing itself form the agreement.
On June 1, Musk tweeted, “Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.” As his reasoning, the Tesla CEO cited the downsides of leaving the Paris agreement and climate change. He said that he has tried to convince the U.S. President to support the Paris agreement previously through his White House connections and council involvement.
The SpaceX CEO has served on the manufacturing jobs initiative council as well as economic advisory board of Trump prior to this decision. In the past, he has received censure from his supporters for his close relationship with the current U.S. administration, especially when Trump gave order on immigration from Muslim-majority countries.
Disney CEO Bob Iger also decides to leave the council
When Travis Kalanick, the Chief Executive of ride sharing service Uber, left the economic advisory council of Donald Trump after the issuance of the immigration order, the Tesla CEO did not move from his place. He stayed in the council even when his supporters criticized him. At that time, the SpaceX CEO and SolarCity chairman noted that he believed “engaging on critical issues [would] on balance serve the greater good.”
After Musk’s departure from the economic advisory board and manufacturing jobs initiative council of Donald Trump, the Chief Executive Officer of Disney – Bob Iger – has resigned from the U.S. President’s council as well. Iger called it a “matter of principle.”
On the micro-blogging site on June 1, the Disney CEO wrote, “As a matter of principle, I’ve resigned from the President’s Council over the #ParisAgreement withdrawal.”