Following Tesla’s exclusion from a White House event highlighting US automakers’ progress in the electric vehicle sector, CEO Elon Musk stated that he believes there is a bias against the company he leads.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has slammed US President Joe Biden for leading “not the friendliest administration” after the White House ignored his company last month.
Musk’s remarks came during a Code Conference interview and came after a tweet in which the Tesla CEO mocked Biden using insults similar to those used by former US President Donald Trump, according to The Verge.
Last month, the Biden administration invited auto executives to the White House to discuss the shared goal of increasing electric vehicle production.
Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis executives were all invited. However, Tesla, the world’s largest EV manufacturer, was not.
One possible reason Tesla was not invited is that its factory workforce is not unionised, despite Biden’s strong support for unions.
During the Code interview, Musk went a step further, claiming that Biden’s administration was “controlled by the unions”.
Tesla has actively opposed an attempt to organise Tesla employees at the company’s Fremont, California plant. Musk was found to have violated labour law when he made anti-union comments on Twitter in 2019.
For weeks, Musk has been teasing Biden on Twitter. When asked why Biden didn’t issue a statement about SpaceX’s recent rocket launch, Musk responded last week, “He’s still sleeping,” echoing Trump’s nickname for Biden, “Sleepy Joe.”