Tesla CEO: 'Wrong' to quit White House advisory council

Tesla CEO Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskHillicon Valley: Google, Reddit to testify on tech industry protections | Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch | House to vote on bill to combat foreign interference NASA targeting early 2020 for first manned SpaceX mission Hillicon Valley: Senate Intel report urges action to prevent 2020 Russian meddling | Republicans warn Microsoft of 'urgent' Huawei threat | Court rules FBI surveillance violated Americans' rights MORE on Saturday chided business executives that leave President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE’s business advisory council, saying doing so “would be wrong.”

In a pair of tweets on Saturday, Musk remarked on the influence that sitting on the advisory council allowed him to have, saying he was able to make addressing the president’s executive order on immigration a top priority in a White House meeting on Friday.

He also said he was able to raise the issue of climate change at that same meeting. The council, he said, is “doing good,” and he would remain a member.


Musk's remarks came days after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick decided to resign from the council amid pressure over Trump’s order denying entry to nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations and putting a hold the country’s refugee resettlement program.

Shortly after the order was signed on Jan. 27, reports emerged of individuals being detained at airports around the country, including New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The city's taxi drivers launched a boycott of the airport, but Uber continued its business there as usual, sparking a wave of anger among critics of the immigration order and prompting more than 200,000 people to delete their Uber accounts.

Musk, however, remained on the advisory council, and vowed to express his objections to the president’s executive order at the Friday meeting.

The Department of Homeland Security said Saturday that has suspended "any and all actions" regarding Trump’s ban on citizens from the seven countries, though the government plans to file an emergency stay on a judge's ruling halting the order.

Shortly after Musk’s tweets on Saturday, other users began to criticize the Tesla CEO’s alleged foray into politics.

“@elonmusk not sure, though, to spend time on politics is the right way. Especially when you stayed away from it by your own choice before,” one user tweeted at Musk.

Musk responded by saying that he didn’t want to get into politics, but said that he wanted “to help invent and develop technologies that improve lives.”