Biden casts suspicion on Elon Musk, saying his ‘technical’ foreign relations during Twitter takeover are ‘worth watching’
- Joe Biden said Wednesday it was “worth looking at Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter,” which was partially funded by Saudi Arabia.
- The president, speaking at a news conference to discuss the results of the interim terms, was asked for his opinion on Musk’s October 27 deal to buy the platform.
- Biden paused for a long time, then replied that there may be issues worth investigating
- Biden insisted he wasn’t suggesting Musk ‘did anything inappropriate’
- The two men have had a fraught relationship for a long time: Biden refused to invite the Tesla founder to an electric vehicle event, because Musk does not allow unions
- Musk, in turn, has grown louder in his support for Republicans and critical of Biden’s policies
President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that any foreign involvement in Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter — including Saudi Arabia — is “worth watching.”
He made the remarks during a midterm election press conference after Democrats outperformed expectations.
The president was asked if he viewed the billionaire and his deal as a threat to national security.
“I think Elon Musk’s collaboration and/or technical relationships with other countries are worth looking at,” he said after a long pause, choosing his words very deliberately.
“Whether he does something inappropriate or not.
‘I’m not suggesting that.
“I’m suggesting it’s worth watching.
“That’s all I’ll say.”
When asked how the deal should be viewed, Biden laughed and replied, “There are many ways.”
Musk’s $44 billion Twitter purchase was funded in part by Saudi Arabia and its prince, Alwaleed bin Talal, who became the second largest investor in the now privately owned social media company.
President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that any foreign involvement in Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition — including by Saudi Arabia — is “worth watching.”
Musk, pictured on Nov. 4, bought Twitter two weeks ago — the deal closed on Oct. 27. Biden said the potential was worth exploring given the foreign funding
Musk has yet to respond to Biden’s comments.
On Wednesday afternoon, he acknowledged that his shaky takeover of the company two weeks ago — already firing many of its executives, including the CEO, chief financial officer and senior attorneys, plus 3,700 others — was a work in progress.
Complaint hotline telephone operator online! Please state your complaints below,” he tweeted on Wednesday morning.
He added that afternoon: “Keep in mind that Twitter will be doing a lot of stupid things in the coming months. We will keep what works and change what doesn’t.’
On Tuesday he tweeted: ‘Twitter is the worst! But also the best.’
The two men have a long history of fraught relationships.