Mr. Musk travels to Washington to stump for Twitter and Tesla

Musk also met with two senior White House officials on Friday to discuss how the Cut Inflation Act and the Infrastructure Act, which together seek to invest billions in electric vehicles, can “advance electric vehicles and increasing electrification more broadly,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Musk met with John Podesta, the president’s senior adviser on clean energy innovation, and Mitch Landrieu, who oversees the implementation of infrastructure legislation. Reuters first reported the meeting.

“The outreach and the meeting speaks volumes about the importance the president places on bipartisan infrastructure legislation and the Cut Inflation Act, especially as they relate to electric vehicles,” Jean said. -Rock.

Musk, who runs Twitter, Tesla and SpaceX — and was once the richest man in the world — has aligned himself with Republicans in recent months, backing the GOP midterm, firing former President Donald Trump on the platform and backing Florida Governor Ron DeSeantis for president – ​​even as he calls the Democrats the party of “division and hatred”.

Republicans – with Jordan and Comer leading – aim to investigate the Biden administration’s alleged jawbone on social media companies to censor conservatives, and have praised Musk for releasing internal documents – known as Twitter filename – which reveal some of the deliberations around Twitter’s decisions to ban Trump and remove Covid misinformation, among other topics.

Comer said he wanted to hold a hearing in early February where he asked former Twitter executives to discuss their removal of New York Post reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop.

Musk also spoke to Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries on Thursday, though Jeffries’ office said the meeting was a chance encounter and not a scheduled event. Musk himself tweeted about talking to McCarthy and Jeffries, saying they discussed “making sure this platform is fair for both parties.”

McCarthy and Jefferies’ offices did not respond to a request for comment on the additional topics that were discussed.


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