Tesla chief Elon Musk announces exit from Donald Trump’s advisory council in a post on Twitter

After Donald Trump withdrew from the Paris climate accord, Musk announced his exit from the president’s council.

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They were always like a combination of Maggie and Peanut butter, or a pizza with pineapple topping. Just wrong! Where Elon Musk, was the the brilliant South African immigrant who runs companies that build electric cars and lease solar panels to homeowners, there is Donald Trump, the television-obsessed politician who repeatedly describes climate change as a hoax. Fortunately, this odd recipe is out of the pan.

After US President Donald Trump announced the decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk declared that he was withdrawing from White House advisory councils. To make it official, Musk posted on Twitter saying, “climate change is real.” He said that he did all he could to convince Trump to remain in the accord.

The Tesla chief also tweeted a pointed message referencing China, which Donald Trump often holds culprit for many global ailments, particularly rising temperatures.

Beside Musk, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, who is also a member of Trump’s business councils, said he was “disappointed” with the decision. Other tech giant executives like Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Apple chief Tim Cook, showed dismay in his decision as well. ALSO READ: Apple CEO Tim Cook slams US government’s decision to withdraw from Paris climate agreement

On the other hand, the US president said in an address at the White House that the Paris accord was more about other nations gaining a “financial advantage” over the US than it was about climate change. The president said the agreement gives “countries an economic edge over the United States,” adding, “that’s not going to happen while I’m president.”

Musk joined the president’s advisory council a month after the 2016 elections, along with a band of high-profile tech executives. Trump’s election seemed like it could hurt those in the renewable-energy business, and Musk seemed to hop on board in part to get the president’s ear. It also helped that Trump supported partnerships between NASA and private spaceflight company’s like Musk’s SpaceX. The partnership seemed shaky from the beginning, with Musk criticizing Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

  • Published Date: June 2, 2017 11:48 AM IST