Unlike Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, Elon Musk still warms a seat on Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum. It’s part of playing the game, we suppose, and Musk himself has framed his choice to remain a voice in the administration as a means of getting more moderate opinions into the President’s ear. Maybe he forgot about all that?
Shortly after noting a Tesla driver’s bravery in stopping a potentially deadly accident, Musk sent out a succession of three tweets which were almost immediately deleted.
Two called the executive order Trump signed banning travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US “not right.” Not “wrong” mind you, or “probably unconstitutional” or “an affront to American values.” Just... “not right.”
The tweets also referred to this executive order as a Muslim ban, which, while accurate, is a term the administration has tried to push back on—an administration Musk seems intent to stay in the good graces of. Were these drafts sent in error? A cry for help?
@Samcornwell they were earlier drafts that I accidentally published. I said the same thing a week already.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 15, 2017
Musk claims they were the former, referencing a tweet from January 28th with markedly softer language: “not right” was reduced to an even wimpier “not the best”; “Muslim ban” because “entry ban.” Ah, to think what could have been.
The blanket entry ban on citizens from certain primarily Muslim countries is not the best way to address the country’s challenges
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2017
Meanwhile, Musk’s tweeted endorsements of Secretary of State and former Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson remain undeleted. In any case they remain far less embarrassing than White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s accidental password tweeting habit.