Elon Musk responds to big buzz over Trump meeting in Palm Beach: ‘Just to be clear…’

Some of the goodwill that billionaire Elon Musk recently earned meeting former President Donald Trump evaporated overnight thanks to Musk’s latest statement about the 2024 presidential election.

Writing on his social media platform X this Wednesday, Musk said outright that he doesn’t intend to donate any money to either of the top two presidential candidates this election cycle.

“Just to be super clear, I am not donating money to either candidate for US President,” he wrote.

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Musk’s statement didn’t outright anger Trump supporters, but it did disappoint them, prompting many of them to argue why the billionaire should consider changing his mind and donate to Trump.

“If you truly care about the future of our nation you will donate, and choose the candidate that will secure our border, and put America First. This may be our last election. It may already be too late but we have to try!” one critic wrote.

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The statement from Musk came after The New York Times confirmed on Tuesday that Trump met with him, along with “a few wealthy Republican donors,” in Palm Beach on Sunday. The Times’ sources also said that Trump had recently praised Musk to his allies and was seeking a one-on-one meeting with him sometime soon.

“It’s not yet clear whether Mr. Musk plans to spend any of his fortune on Mr. Trump’s behalf,” according to the Times. “But his recent social media posts suggest he thinks it’s essential that Mr. Biden be defeated in November — and people who have spoken to Mr. Musk privately confirmed that is indeed his view.”

“[A] person close to Mr. Musk, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that if he does get behind Mr. Trump, his views about immigration will have been a significant motivator,” the Times added.

The Times, a far-left outlet, went on to bemoan that Musk could, were he to decide to financially back Trump, “almost single-handedly erase what is expected to be Mr. Biden and his allies’ huge financial advantage over the former president.”

Conversely, it’s very unlikely that Musk would endorse Biden given that the two have been at each other’s throats. For example, in 2021 the president purposefully didn’t invite Musk’s electric vehicle company Tesla to an electric vehicle summit.

The Biden administration has also opened multiple investigations into Musk over his allegedly foul business practices.

To be fair, Trump and Musk have also bumped heads.

“In 2017, the billionaire famously stepped away from two business advisory councils when Mr. Trump was president over Mr. Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement,” according to the Times.

And then “in the summer of 2022, he and the former president traded insults, with Mr. Trump calling him an expletive and Mr. Musk saying it was time for the former president to ‘sail into the sunset.’”

But Trump did previously praise Musk in a 2020 CNBC interview, saying, “You have to give him credit. I spoke to him very recently, and he’s also doing the rockets. He likes rockets. And – he does good at rockets too, by the way. I never saw where the engines come down with no wings, no anything, and they’re landing. I said I’ve never seen that before.”

Dovetailing back to Musk’s X statement, it also attracted a rebuttal from Edward Snowden, who noted that there are more than two candidates to choose from …

Vivek Saxena

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