Yesterday, Elon Musk responded to President Donald Trump’s executive order regarding an immigration ban, saying that it was “not the best way to address the country’s challenges.” Following up with a Tweet today, he urged his followers to read the order, and asked for specific amendments, saying that he would “seek advisory council consensus” and would present the recommendations to the president.
Please read immigration order. Lmk specific amendments. Will seek advisory council consensus & present to President. https://t.co/qLpbsP4lEk— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2017
When someone suggested that the order be withdrawn, Musk agreed with a user who commented that the order would likely not be recalled, and that Musk was trying to make the most of the situation:
In December, Musk joined President Donald Trump’s Strategy and Policy Forum, along with several other high-profile business leaders, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Yesterday, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced that he would bring his concerns directly to the president during the first business advisory group meeting.
A number of tech leaders criticized President Trump’s executive order to ban immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations, which was met by widespread protests overnight and today. Four federal judges have issued stays on parts of the order, allowing detained foreign nationals to meet with lawyers or enter the country.