Elon Musk slams Joe Biden for leaving Tesla out of EV conversation
Elon Musk has slammed Joe Biden for his 'buy American' tweet, expressing his unhappiness over Tesla being repeatedly left out of EV conversations. In a tweet posted last week, Joe Biden wrote "We're making "buy American" a reality — not just a promise," to which Musk responded with a link to an article from US Today. The article described how Tesla's Model 3 was the first electric vehicle to reach number one in Cars.com's 2021 American-Made Index (AMI), meaning it contributes the most to the US economy.
Biden's tweet was about making federal government vehicles electric instead of fuel dependent. It also referred to creating more job opportunities in the manufacturing industry and building more functional supply chains in the US. Elon Musk hit back at President Biden with the fact that Tesla's Model 3 was first on the list of American manufactured vehicles that contributed the most to the country's economy. Musk captioned his retweet, 'ahem.'
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Five hours later, Musk posted another retweet stating "Model 3 is literally the most made in America car in – well of course – America." This was not the first time Musk had addressed the issue. The billionaire has criticized the President over the past few months for not mentioning Tesla while he praised Ford and General Motors.
The CEO of Tesla had called the President "a damp sock puppet in human form" after the President tweeted a video where he talked about GM and Ford making the maximum number of electric vehicles in America and claimed that America had never seen such numbers in the past. The video never mentioned Tesla, its statistics in manufacturing, or its contribution to the economy. A disgruntled Musk tweeted in response, "Starts with a T, Ends with an A, ESL in the middle."
Earlier in February, Biden mentioned Tesla in a speech, calling it America's largest electric vehicle manufacturer. Reportedly, the acknowledgment came after repeated nudges to include the automaker in the national electric vehicle discussion since Tesla indeed makes a huge impact and difference in the country's economy.