The Democratic leader responded to a question about the involvement of Saudi Prince Al-Walid bin Talal in the takeover of Twitter by the head of the car manufacturer Tesla.
Elon Musk’s ties to foreign countries “worth watching”decided US President Joe Biden on Wednesday, November 9, in response to a question about the possibility that the billionaire’s takeover of Twitter poses a threat to US national security.
“I think Elon Musk’s collaboration and/or technical relationship with other countries is worth considering”, the US president said during a news conference, clearly thinking carefully about the words used in his response. The Democratic leader responded to a question about the involvement of Saudi Prince Al-Walid bin Talal in the takeover of Twitter by the head of the car manufacturer Tesla. Prince al-Walid has brought Elon Musk the almost 35 million shares he already had in the social network, directly and via his KHC holding company, which makes him the group’s second largest shareholder.
Shortly after the takeover of Twitter, at the end of October, the Democratic Senator Chris Murphy had assessed in a tweet that “We should be concerned that the Saudis, who have a clear interest in suppressing political expression and influencing American policy, are now the second owner of a major social media platform”. The senator also announced that he would ask the Senate Foreign Investment Committee to open an investigation into “The National Security Implications of Saudi Arabia’s Takeover of Twitter”.
China is Tesla’s biggest market
For Joe Biden, that Elon Musk “Whether you’re doing something inappropriate or not, and I’m not implying that you are, it’s worth looking into, that’s all I can say about it”.
Until now, Elon Musk was little concerned with political and geopolitical issues and gave his opinion on several important topics, especially the war in Ukraine and the tensions between China and Taiwan. In a first instance, the billionaire proposed a solution involving the final cession of Crimea to Russia, “to repair the historical wrong (Nikita) Khrushchev» as well as a real referendum in most Russian-speaking regions of the country to decide the future of these parts of Ukrainian territory.
Regarding Taiwan, Elon Musk called for a reunification of the two Chinas after negotiations between the two sides of the strait. China is Tesla’s first market, where the group has a factory in Shanghai. In both cases, the businessman’s comments generated positive reactions from both Moscow and Beijing.