The Tesla CEO will work with other tech industry leaders to help shape the President-elect's economic policy.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO met Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence with other tech industry leaders in a meeting at Trump Tower on Wednesday.
Among them were Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Eric Schmidt and Larry Page from Google parent Alphabet, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi will join the forum, as well.
It was originally thought Musk would skip the meeting due to "critical work obligations". Kalanick, on the other hand, did find something else to do.
The forum will be chaired by Stephen A. Schwarzman, CEO of private equity firm Blackstone.
A total of 16 forum members will “meet with the President frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the President implements his economic agenda.”
Musk criticized Trump during his presidential campaign, calling him “not the right man for the job”, and often voices outspoken views on climate change and the oil industry. No doubt he will take the opportunity to attempt to push Trump towards policies that embrace green technology, including zero emissions transportation.
Trump said in a statement: “America has the most innovative and vibrant companies in the world, and the pioneering CEOs joining this Forum today are at the top of their fields.
“My administration is going to work together with the private sector to improve the business climate and make it attractive for firms to create new jobs across the United States from Silicon Valley to the heartland.”
“I look forward to engaging with our incoming President and this group on issues that affect our riders, drivers, and the 450-plus cities where we operate,” Kalanick commented.
Musk has not commented on the meeting. You can watch the introductions in the video below.
Source: The Hill