Last week, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick decided to leave President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council amid mounting public pressure from employees and the general public. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, on the other hand, has no intention of distancing himself from the Trump administration. On the contrary, Musk strongly believes that having Trump’s ear is beneficial insofar that it gives him an opportunity to be a positive influence on various matters.
To this point, Musk late last week released a statement explaining why he will remain on Trump’s advisory committee.
“In December, I agreed to join the Presidential Advisory Forum to provide feedback on issues that I think are important for our country and the world,” Musk said. “Advisory councils simply provide advice and attending does not mean that I agree with actions by the Administration. My goals are to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and to help make humanity a multi-planet civilization, a consequence of which will be the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs and a more inspiring future for all.”
Over the weekend, Musk engaged in one of his patented tweetstorms, though this time around he focused more on politics than on his two favorite topics, electric vehicles and space travel. One of the more notable aspects of Musk’s Twitter flurry came when the Tesla CEO indicated that he made a point of discussing Trump’s controversial immigration plan and associated travel ban at a recent meeting with the President.
According to Musk, the hotly debated travel ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries wasn’t slated to be part of the meeting at first. Musk, though, took steps to ensure that it was actually the first topic of discussion.
In addition, I again raised climate. I believe this is doing good, so will remain on council & keep at it. Doing otherwise would be wrong.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2017
Incidentally, Musk — himself an immigrant — took to Twitter last week and expressed his opposition to Trump’s new immigration initiative, which as it turns out, was halted this past Friday via an order from a George W. Bush-appointed Federal judge
The blanket entry ban on citizens from certain primarily Muslim countries is not the best way to address the country’s challenges
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2017