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US Polls: If he wins the WH again, Trump may invite Musk as an advisor

US Polls: If he wins the WH again, Trump may invite Musk as an advisor

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Virendra Pandit

New Delhi: One of them is unpredictable. The other one is a maverick. They have often been at loggerheads. Six months ahead of the US presidential elections in November 2024, however, they may have come together, on the same page.

Former United States President Donald Trump, a businessman-politician, is considering offering Tesla-X (ex-Twitter)-SpaceX chief Elon Musk an advisory role if he returns to the White House, according to a “Wall Street Journal” report.

The two billionaires have discussed Musk’s possible role in providing formal input and influence over border security and economic policies, areas on which he speaks widely on his social media platform X, the report said.

Their tense relationship has improved as they speak on the phone “several times a month.” Musk and billionaire investor Nelson Peltz also discussed an initiative with Trump to avoid voter fraud and to encourage elites not to support incumbent Democrat President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign.

Senior Trump adviser Brian Hughes told the “New York Post,” that “Trump will be the only voice of what role an individual plays in his presidency. But it has been widely reported and demonstrated in several ways, that many of the nation’s most important leaders in technology and innovation are concerned with the damage done to their industry by Biden’s failures to handle our economy and his moves to overburden innovators with government bureaucracy and unrelenting regulation.”

In recent years, Musk has been vocal about political matters and has criticized several legislations, claiming that they are the product of the “woke mind virus.” He also criticized the Biden administration’s handling of border security, citing the record number of immigrants entering the US illegally via the southern borders.

Elon Musk met with Trump in March in Palm Beach, Florida, along with unnamed wealthy Republican donors, the “New York Times” said. Although their agenda remained unclear, their meeting might have happened as Trump was looking for campaign contributors to run for the ongoing US elections.

Musk told the “Washington Post” that he had “never been to Mar-a-Lago,” Trump’s estate in Palm Beach.

Trump, in an interview with CNBC, confirmed the meeting but said he doesn’t know whether the billionaire would endorse him. “I don’t know. I’ve been friendly with him over the years. I’ve helped him; when I was the President, I helped him. I’ve liked him. We have opposing views on a minor subject called electric cars,” he said.

Musk, currently the second-richest man in the world, also wrote on his microblogging X platform that he would not donate money to any candidate for the elections.

“Just to be super clear, I am not donating money to either candidate for US President,” he wrote on March 6, 2024.


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