Tesla CEO Elon Musk told his Twitter followers Thursday he’ssticking with President Donald Trump’s business advisory boardover objections from some of Tesla’s most devotedcustomers.
“I understand the perspective of those who object to my meeting,but I believe at this time that engaging on critical issues will onbalance serve the greater good,” the Tesla CEO wrote. Musk waslikely referring to Trump’s commitment to focus on creatingAmerican jobs, something the California billionaire also hopes toaccomplish.
Regarding the meeting at the White House:pic.twitter.com/8b1XH4oW6h
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February3, 2017
The Tesla boss has no plans to give up his position onTrump’s Strategic and Policy Forum — Musk said he will“express objections to the recent executive order on immigration”at the group’s next meeting. The real estate tycoon turnedpresident signed an executive order in January temporarily haltingrefugees from seven war-torn Islamic countries.
Musk said the refugees “don’tdeserve to be rejected.” Musk tried crowdsourcing potentialamendments to Trump’s orders instead of condemning them outrightand argued the president could be convinced to tweak it.
He received mostly negative feedback for failing to come outmore directly against Trump’s ban, so Musk tried a more directattack in later tweets. But the follow up tweets only furtherenraged Tesla’s army of devotees, reminding them of Musk’sconnections to Trump.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick initially joined Musk on the 19-membereconomic advisory council last December. Kalanick stepped downThursday after 200,000 people deleted their Uber accounts toprotest the company’s involvement with Trump.
“Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of thepresident or his agenda,” Kalanick said in an internal memo.“Unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.”
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