Elon Musk explains why he won't quit Donald Trump's advisory council

Musk said that he had a found an opportunity in the forum where he would be able to give feedback on issues that were of national interest, and matters of critical concern.

Harry Marcolis | Feb 03, 2017

   

After Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down from his position in President Trumps Strategy and Policy Forum, Elon Musk, Tesla, and SpaceX CEO, has come out to defend his reason for not stepping down.

Kalanick decided to leave the think tank after around 200,000 Uber customers decided to delete their accounts in protest. Musk has said that being in the Strategy and Policy Forum did not mean that he supported the Trump administration and promised that in the next meeting, he would air his concerns concerning the refugee issue.

Musk said that he had a found an opportunity in the forum where he would be able to give feedback on issues that were of national interest, and matters of critical concern. He said being a member of the forum was for the greater good of America and its citizens.

In part, the statement posted on tweeter read. "Advisory councils directly provide advice and attending does not mean I agree with actions by the administration. I understand the perspective of those who object to my attending this meeting, but I believe at this time, that engaging on critical issues will on balance serve the greater good."

Musk and Kalanik joined the 19 member advisory council last December. Other members include, Disney CEO Bob Iger, Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, and Pepsi Co. CEO Indra Nooyi.

Kalanik also echoed Musk's sentiments saying that joining the council had not been an endorsement of the administration, but regretted that is was the way it had perceived.

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