Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who has Pres. Trump’s ear, spoke out late Saturday against the new immigration ban on immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries.
Musk, who is is a member of Trumps’ Strategic and Policy Forum, along with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, had previously tweeted support for the president’s controversial nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.
But of the new policy, banning Syrian refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., Musk said it “is not the best way to address the country’s challenges.”
He added: “Many people negatively affected by this policy are strong supporters of the US. They’ve done right, not wrong & don’t deserve to be rejected.”
Musk has defended his outreach to Trump to those in the tech community, many of whom are not Trump supporters. “The more voices of reason that the President hears, the better,” he said in a recent exchange with Gizmodo.
Blasting Trump won’t work, he added. “Are you aware of a single case where Trump bowed to protests or media attacks?” he asked. “Better that there are open channels of communication.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Jefferson Graham