Elon Musk accuses Biden of ignoring Tesla, but says he would ‘do the right thing’ if invited to White House

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk, in an email exchange with CNBC, accused President Biden of ignoring his company in favor of paying more attention to legacy auto makers.
But he also sought to assure White House officials who are concerned that he would do or say something embarrassing if he were invited to speak at a White House event.
“They have nothing to worry about. I would do the right thing,” Musk said.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, in an email exchange with CNBC on Tuesday, accused President Joe Biden of ignoring his electric vehicle company in favor of paying more attention to legacy auto makers.

But he also sought to assure White House officials who are concerned that he would do or say something embarrassing if he were invited to speak at a White House event.

“They have nothing to worry about,” Musk said. “I would do the right thing.”

Musk’s comments came after CNBC contacted him regarding fresh reporting that Biden and the White House have no immediate plans to invite Musk to potential upcoming meetings with corporate leaders. The people who spoke to CNBC about how the White House regards Musk declined to be named in order to speak freely about private conversations.

“The notion of a feud is not quite right. Biden has pointedly ignored Tesla at every turn and falsely stated to the public that GM leads the electric car industry, when in fact Tesla produced over 300,000 electric vehicles last quarter and GM produced 26,” Musk said in the email.

Tesla announced in January that it produced and delivered over 300,000 vehicles globally in the fourth quarter. General Motors reported U.S. sales of 26 electric vehicles, including one Hummer pickup and 25 Bolt EV models during the fourth quarter.

GM recently announced it was extending its production halt of their Chevrolet Bolt EV until early April but it plans to resume retail sales soon. The company has said that it plans to spend $35 billion on electric and autonomous vehicles by 2025.

For the first time in his presidency, Biden in February acknowledged Tesla’s status as the nation’s largest producer of electric vehicles.

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