Published: Fri, January 27, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Elon Musk explains why he supports Rex Tillerson

Elon Musk explains why he supports Rex Tillerson

Musk, who is also CEO of SpaceX and is a member of Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, met with the president Monday along with other corporates from Under Armour, Whirlpool, Ford, Dow Chemical and Lockheed Martin. "Rex Tillerson has the potential to be an excellent Sec of State". "His team is now the USA", Musk wrote in one tweet.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has narrowly approved President Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state. The Tesla founder called Tillerson "exceptionally competent", referring specifically to his tenure at Exxon, and also praised his understanding of global politics.

Elon Musk is a well-known clean energy advocate - but he shocked many followers this week when he threw his support behind former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. "This is what is really needed to move the needle". Cardin says Tillerson's responses to questions about sanctions against Russian Federation and other important global issues sounded more like answers a corporate executive would give instead of a prospective secretary of state. In that role, he was obligated to advance the cause of Exxon and did.

During Tillerson's confirmation hearing, the former oil magnate said: "I think it's important that the United States maintain its seat at the table in the conversation on how to address threats of climate change".

He argued that "the more voices of reason that the President hears, the better".

Although Tillerson may not bring Trump around to Musk's way of thinking, Musk said in the interview that "simply attacking him [Trump] will achieve nothing".

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