Trump And Musk In Discussions About Potential White House Advisory Role

The once-strained relationship between former President Donald Trump and tech billionaire Elon Musk has been warming up in recent months, with Trump reportedly considering an advisory role for Musk if he were to reclaim the White House in 2024. According to the Wall Street Journal, the two have engaged in several phone calls per month since March, discussing various policy issues and Musk’s potential involvement in a future Trump administration.

Musk and Trump connected in March at the estate of billionaire Nelson Peltz, marking a turning point in their relationship. Since then, they have discussed topics such as immigration, which Musk has become increasingly vocal about. In a March tweet, Musk stated, “America will fall if it tries to absorb the world.”

Musk, who initially decided against contributing to either campaign has informed Trump of his intention to organize events discouraging influential supporters from backing President Joe Biden in the upcoming November election. This move signifies a change, from their interactions during which Trump referred to Musk as another dishonest individual and Musk recommended that Trump retire gracefully.

Musk briefly served on Trump’s White House business advisory group early in his presidency but dropped out after Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate accord in 2017.

Though Tesla and SpaceX tower over several subsidiary companies and holdings, Musk himself has long benefited from federal government policies and contracts; his rocket-service company alone has received more than $1.5 billion in contracts from the Air Force and other government agencies, in addition to the tax credits that make his electric vehicles profitable to consumers and generous cost savings for car buyers.

Though Trump disliked the Obama-era ramp-up of electric vehicle production and is not the strongest supporter of these cars, it seems as if he values Musk’s thoughts on at least some issues.