Prior to Wednesday, it wasn’t even clear whether Elon Musk would attend a meeting between top tech executives and President-elect Donald Trump. That makes Trump’s announcement after the meeting all the more surprising.
Trump’s transition team announced Wednesday that the Tesla CEO, as well as Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi, will join the president’s Strategic and Policy Forum, Forbes reports. The forum is supposed to give Trump non-partisan feedback from members of the private sector as he develops his policy aimed at economic growth.
“America has the most innovative and vibrant companies in the world, and the pioneering CEOs joining this forum today are at the top of their fields,” Trump said in a statement, via Forbes. “My administration is going to work together with the private sector to improve the business climate and make it attractive for firms to create new jobs across the United States from Silicon Valley to the heartland.”
The announcement comes as a shock to most, given that Musk and Trump have vastly different positions on climate change. Also, Musk was an outspoken opponent of a potential Trump presidency leading up to the election.
“I think a bit strongly that (Trump) is probably not the right guy,” Musk told CNBC, via Forbes. “He doesn’t seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States.”
Regardless of his opinion of the president-elect, though, he was a fairly obvious choice. Especially considering in 2016, Tesla turned a profit for the first time in its 13-year existence.
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