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Elon Musk says activists should be happy that he’s advising President Trump

“How could having only extremists advise him possibly be good?”

Asa Mathat
Jason Del Rey has been a business journalist for 15 years and has covered Amazon, Walmart, and the e-commerce industry for the last decade. He was a senior correspondent at Vox.

Another day, another tweet from Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk defending his decision to serve on President Trump’s business council.

A day after tweeting that his involvement on the council led to a discussion about the immigration ban that otherwise wouldn’t have happened, Musk was back on Twitter on Sunday with a message to “activists.”

Yes, it’s safe to assume that Musk considers himself a moderate. He’s also the only tech CEO remaining on the council after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was pressured to step down.

One school of thought is that Musk’s involvement serves as a tacit approval of Trump and/or his agenda. And that there may be ulterior business motives at play.

On the opposite end stand Musk and people like AOL co-founder Steve Case, who believe their influence can push Trump away from his administration’s more extreme plans.

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