During the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Joe Biden shunned electric car mogul Elon Musk and praised Ford and General Motors for investing in electric vehicles despite Tesla's job creation far outweighing both of them combined.
"Ford is investing $11 B to build electric vehicles–creating 11,000 jobs across the country. GM is making the largest investment in its history–$7B to build electric vehicles, creating 4,000 jobs in Michigan," President Biden tweeted on Tuesday in the lead up to the speech.
Elon Musk, the famed Tesla CEO and founder, returned fire and explained to President Biden on Twitter that his company has added more than 50,000 jobs to the US economy.
"Tesla has created over 50,000 US jobs building electric vehicles & is investing more than double GM + Ford combined [fyi to person controlling this twitter]," Musk said.
It's unclear as to why President Biden chose not to mention Tesla's success but there's no question that Elon Musk has been a harsh critic of the President's policies since he took office.
Last week, President Biden's team at the White House reportedly expressed concerns regarding Elon Musk, and whether or not he would be a bad guest if invited to meet the president. The billionaire frequently mocks on social media.
Some of Biden's top advisors allegedly warned against inviting the electric car mogul to the White House over fears Musk would say something that would embarrass the administration.
Musk has berated the president on social media on a number of occasions.
The most recent came after Biden met with General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Ford Motor CEO Jim Farley in late January in a briefing to discuss the stalled Build Back Better act with other corporate leaders.
It was during this meeting that Biden proclaimed that "companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before."
In response, Musk called Biden a "damp [sock] puppet in human form," adding that the president was "treating the American public like fools."
"It got to the point, hilariously, where no one in the administration was even allowed to say the word 'Tesla'! The public outrage and media pressure about that statement forced him to admit that Tesla does in fact lead the EV industry. I wouldn’t exactly call that 'praise,'" Musk said in an email.
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