- President Joe Biden swept aside Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.
- Biden wished the world’s richest man “good luck on his trip to the moon”.
- The president also immediately brought up Ford’s electric vehicle program.
In an escalation of the simmering feud between President Joe Biden and billionaire Elon Musk, the president mocked the SpaceX CEO’s plans for a return to lunar exploration.
“So, you know, good luck on his trip to the moon,” Biden said of Musk, the world’s richest man. “I mean, I don’t know.”
—The Recount (@therecount) June 3, 2022
Nasa awarded Musk and SpaceX a nearly $3 billion contract to build a lunar landing system to return American astronauts to the moon, although the project was plagued with early delays.
Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla and the new owner of Twitter, has been voicing grievances with Biden and his administration — particularly over his approach to electric vehicle policy — for more than a year.
During Biden’s Friday press conference from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, he responded to a question about Musk’s pessimistic outlook on the economy by immediately touting Ford’s electric vehicle program.
“Well, let me tell you, while Elon Musk is talking about this, Ford is massively increasing its investments,” Biden said. “I think Ford is increasing investment in building new electric vehicles, 6,000 new employees – union employees, I might add – in the Midwest.”
Ford announced earlier this year plans to increase production of electric vehicles to 600,000 by 2023, while Tesla – the industry’s largest maker of electric vehicles – shipped more than 930,000 in 2021 , according CNBC.
Unlike Ford, Tesla is not a union store. Biden ran on his close ties to labor throughout the 2020 presidential campaign and earned several key endorsements during the Democratic primary.
Musk complained about not being invited to the White House electric vehicle summit last summer and described Biden in January as a “wet sock puppet in human form” after the president pointed out that General Motors and Ford were expanding their electric vehicle operations without mentioning Tesla.
The SpaceX CEO responded to Biden’s remarks on Twitter, which he is still trying to buy with borrowed money against his Tesla shares.
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 3, 2022
“Thank you sir [sic.] President!” Musk tweeted, linking to NASA’s announcement of a partnership with SpaceX for its Artemis program to land two Americans on the Moon again at an estimated cost of $2.89 billion. .