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Elon Musk: I couldn’t stay at White House after Trump pulled out of Paris deal



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Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Saturday
that there was “no way” he could have stayed on the White House
advisory councils after President Donald Trump announced in June
he would pull the US out of the landmark Paris climate
agreement. 

Musk’s comments came as he was speaking to US governors this
weekend. When he was asked about the time he spent on Trump’s
economic advisory council and the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative,
Musk told Axios, “I
got a lot of flack from multiple fronts for even trying. Some guy
rented billboards attacking me and full-page ads in the NY Times
and what not … just for being on the panel.”

“Am departing presidential councils,” Musk tweeted after
Trump made the announcement. “Climate change is real. Leaving
Paris is not good for America or the world.”

On Saturday, Musk said he had pushed for environmental
sustainability and tried to touch on other issues like
immigration, advocating that immigration laws should not be
“unkind or unreasonable.”

He added that “it was worth” trying to work with
President Donald Trump on some issues. 

“I did
my best, and I think in a few cases I did make some
progress.”

But he said staying on at the White House after Trump
pulled out of the climate deal would have meant he didn’t see it
as a significant step backwards. 

“If I stayed on the councils it would be saying that wasn’t
important, but I think it’s super important,” Musk said. “The
country needs to keep its word. There’s just no way I could stay
on after that.” 

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