Trump Giving Musk an Ear—And Possibly a Job

'WSJ' reports on 'growing alliance' between the billionaires
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2024 10:45 AM CDT
Trump Giving Musk an Ear—And Possibly a Job
This combination of photos shows former President Trump, left, during a rally at the Minden Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nevada, on Oct. 8, 2022, and Elon Musk in Wilmington, Delaware, on July 12, 2021.   (AP Photo, File)

If Donald Trump reclaims the White House, Elon Musk might be coming with him. The former president is considering an advisory role for the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, the Wall Street Journal reports as part of a larger exploration of their "growing alliance." Nothing is set in stone, but Trump and Musk have discussed the possibility of Musk influencing policies linked to the economy and border security, according to the outlet. The pair are said to talk on the phone several times a month—an abrupt change from 2022, when they were publicly trading insults. Musk—"arguably the most important business player in modern American politics," per Axios—briefly served on Trump's White House business advisory group before quitting in 2017 in protest of Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord.

Their interests and views have since become more aligned, with Musk speaking out against divisive identity politics and hosting gatherings of business leaders to try to convince them not to support President Biden, sources tell the Journal. The possibility of Musk joining Trump's administration came up during a private meeting in March, attended by Trump's 18-year-old son Barron and Musk's young son X, at the home of billionaire investor Nelson Peltz, per the Journal. Musk and Trump have also discussed immigration, science, technology, the US Space Force, and Musk and Peltz's plan to invest in a data-driven project to prevent voter fraud, sources say. Musk, meanwhile, has asked Trump to resume posting regularly on X, the social media platform he owns, per the Journal. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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