President Joe Biden took a dismissive jab at Elon Musk over studies that the mogul has a “super bad feeling” concerning the American economic system.
“A number of luck on his journey to the moon,” a sarcastic Biden mentioned at a press convention Friday when requested about Musk’s reported views.
The president’s feedback got here hours after Reuters reported that Musk informed executives at Tesla that he needs to axe 10% of the automaker’s 100,000-person workforce attributable to his gloomy view on the way forward for the economic system.
When requested about Musk’s dour outlook — in addition to comparable pessimism from JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon — Biden struck a extra optimistic tone and touted latest investments from different automakers.
“Whereas Elon Musk is speaking about that, Ford is growing their funding overwhelmingly,” Biden mentioned, referencing Ford’s announcement on Thursday that it plans so as to add 6,200 factory jobs in Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.
Biden additionally touted new manufacturing investments from Chrysler father or mother Stellantis and computer chipmaker Intel earlier than taking the lunar-themed jab at Musk.
In response to a clip of Biden’s feedback on Twitter, Musk wrote, “Thanks Mr President!” and included a hyperlink to a 2021 NASA press launch concerning the area company choosing SpaceX to work on a future lunar mission.
Musk has been an outspoken critic of Biden prior to now, claiming that Biden favors automakers like Ford and Normal Motors as a result of he’s “captured by the unions” that symbolize employees of their factories.
He has additionally criticized the president for “not getting a lot performed” and even compared him to “Anchorman” character Ron Burgundy attributable to his use of teleprompters.