Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk criticized President Joe Biden as “not the friendliest administration” after the White House rejected his company last month. Musk’s comments came during a Code Conference interview and followed a tweet in which the Tesla CEO mocked Biden with similar insults to former President Donald Trump.
The Biden administration invited car managers to the White House last month to discuss the common goal of increasing electric vehicle production. Top executives from Ford, General Motors and Stellantis were invited. But Tesla, the largest EV maker in the world, was not.
One possible reason Tesla was not invited is that the factory workers are not unionized, while Biden is a strong supporter of unions. During the Code interview, Musk went a step further, claiming that the Biden government was “controlled by the unions”.
Tesla has actively fought against an attempt to organize Tesla employees at the company’s factory in Fremont, California. Musk himself turned out to have violation of labor law when he tweeted anti-union comments in 2019.
Musk has been tweaking Biden on Twitter for weeks. Last week, when asked why Biden failed to make a statement about SpaceX’s recent rocket launch, Musk tweeted“He’s still sleeping,” echoing a Trump nickname for Biden, “Sleepy Joe.”