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Elon Musk says he talked to Trump about the travel ban and climate change

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO defended his attendance at Trump’s business council — again.

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk (L) talks with White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon at the beginning of a policy forum with U.S. President Donald Trump in the State Dining Room at the White House February 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. 
Musk talks to Steve Bannon at the beginning of President Trump’s business council meeting on Friday.
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Peter Kafka covers media and technology, and their intersection, at Vox. Many of his stories can be found in his Kafka on Media newsletter, and he also hosts the Recode Media podcast.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to explain, again, why he is continuing to attend meetings of President Donald Trump’s business council.

His argument: Going to the meetings doesn’t mean he endorses Trump’s policies, and it gives him a chance to try to influence Trump.

This is the same argument Musk made in advance of Friday’s meeting, which included CEOs of companies including General Motors, Pepsi and J.P. Morgan.

No word yet on what happened as a result of climate change discussions on Friday. But it seems as if Trump’s mind remained unchanged on the travel ban.

This morning, Trump took to Twitter to rail against a federal judge in Washington state who blocked the travel ban (in a suit supported by Amazon and Microsoft):

Musk’s “attendance doesn’t equal agreement” argument hasn’t swayed everyone.

Earlier this week, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick dropped out of Trump’s council, arguing that one, people thought Uber was endorsing Trump’s policies and two, he disagrees with Trump’s policies, particularly the travel ban.

Disney CEO Bob Iger didn’t show up to Friday’s meeting, either. But in his case, his company cited a schedule conflict.

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