Elon Musk takes aim at President Biden after he fails to mention Tesla during State of the Union
Joe Biden (left) and Elon Musk
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The feudThe relationship between President Joe Biden, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the United States seems to not be slowing down.
Musk stated in an email to CNBC that “Nobody’s watching the State of the Union.” Biden praised Ford’s $18 billion investment and GM’s combined efforts to create electric cars. Tesla,Biden didn’t mention the electric carmaker, a giant in American auto manufacturing, during his address to America. CNBC reached Musk for clarification but he did not respond immediately to our follow-up questions.
Musk later tweeted directly to Biden saying “Tesla has created over 50,000 US jobs building electric vehicles & is investing more than double GM + Ford combined.”
CNBC had reported about the battle between billionaires and commander-in-chiefs. Forbes reports that Musk has a net worth estimated at more than $235 trillion and SpaceX is his space exploration business.
Musk had previously stated to CNBC via email that Biden “has” pointedlyWhile he said that Tesla was “ignored”, he also noted that, if Tesla were ever invited to any White House events that there would be no worries for the administration. It would be right. Musk has not yet attended a Biden White House meeting that included corporate leaders. This includes Ford and GM executives.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Biden and other senior White House officials privately indicated to their aides that they do not plan to invite Musk at any future meetings with top executives. The people did not want to be identified in order to discuss private conversations.
Musk had previously criticised the president through Twitter. He did this after Biden and Musk met in January. General MotorsMary Barra is the CEO Ford MotorJim Farley, CEO of the company, attended a briefing along with other leaders from corporate America to talk about President Obama’s Build back Better initiative. It has been stalled at Congress. Musk tweeted that Biden was a “damp socksock puppet” and called him a “sock puppet”.
According to more than half of those familiar with the matter, Musk’s comments are making the president and his staff furious.
According to someone familiar with the talks, Biden’s advisers privately opposed inviting Musk to industry events in the future because they fear that the controversial executive might say something that would embarrass him or his administration.