Elon Musk has confirmed that he will remain in his role as an advisor to the president, whilst revealing his disdain for the president’s recent decisions.
Elon Musk has received some pretty harsh criticism for agreeing to sit on President Trump’s advisory board. Some even called for him to stand down from the advisory team when Trump announced his administration’s new initiative to restrict travel to the US from certain countries. Musk has hit back at those criticizing him, as well as slamming Trump’s travel ban and pushing Trump to invest in a Mars mission.
Musk met with President and the team this weekend to discuss business and innovation. The travel ban was not going to be discussed but Musk announced that he pushed it onto the agenda:
At my request, the agenda for yesterday’s White House meeting went from not mentioning the travel ban to having it be first and foremost
Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, had been appointed to the advisory team at the same time as Musk but he has since stood down in protest against the travel ban which many perceive as xenophobic and anti-Islam.
“Earlier today I spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community,” Kalanick wrote in an email to Uber staff obtained by the Guardian. “I also let him know that I would not be able to participate on his economic council. Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.”
Musk took to Twitter over the weekend to voice his discontent, but revealed that he would be staying on as an advisor as it would be in both his companies and the public’s best interest if he continued to advise the president.
“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. In tomorrow’s meeting, I and others will express our objections to the recent executive order on immigration and offer suggestions for changes to the policy. Advisory councils simply provide advice and attending does not mean that I agree with actions by the Administration.”
Whilst disagreeing with Trumps immigration policy, Musk does clearly feel that he has something to offer the president and he also has something to gain from being part of the team. He also indicated that he would push Trump on helping to achieve his overall goal of getting us to Mars. Sources close to Trump are saying that Trump prefers the idea of investing in a Moon visit, rather than heading straight for Mars as Elon Musk wants to do.
“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 and thousands of jobs and a more inspiring future for all.”