President Joe Biden says Elon Musk’s dealings with countries outside the United States are “worth watching.” Speaking to reporters, Biden declined to comment on whether any sort of investigation was underway, but suggested that the CEO of Tesla and Twitter deserved further investigation.
“I think Elon Musk’s collaboration and/or technical relationships with other countries are worth looking at,” Biden said. “Whether he does something inappropriate or not, I’m not suggesting that. I’m suggesting it’s worth a look, and that’s all I’ll say.”
It’s unclear which of Musk’s relationships Biden was referring to exactly, but he’s not the first official to raise Musk’s ties to other countries as a potential concern. Senator Chris Murphy has said the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) should investigate the “national security implications” of Musk’s deal to buy the company. Murphy and others have major investments of and Qatar.
Other critics have noted that Tesla’s business dealings in China could make it difficult for Musk to make substantive decisions that affect the country, or that government officials could pressure him to pass data. The Washington Post in June that “some US intelligence analysts and White House officials are concerned about the potential for weapons diversion by China if Musk gets his hands on Twitter.”
Musk was also widely criticized for: that “the will of the people” should decide whether parts of Ukraine taken over by Russia should become part of Russia. Later he threatened for Starlink internet for the Ukrainian government, but later the comments.
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