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Elon Musk Says Staying On Trump’s Board Will ‘Serve The Greater Good’

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk told his Twitter followers Thursday he’s sticking with President Donald Trump’s business advisory board over objections from some of Tesla’s most devoted customers.

“I understand the perspective of those who object to my meeting, but I believe at this time that engaging on critical issues will on balance serve the greater good,” the Tesla CEO wrote. Musk was likely referring to Trump’s commitment to focus on creating American jobs, something the California billionaire also hopes to accomplish.

The Tesla boss has no plans to give up his position on Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum — Musk said he will “express objections to the recent executive order on immigration” at the group’s next meeting. The real estate tycoon turned president signed an executive order in January temporarily halting refugees from seven war-torn Islamic countries.

Musk said the refugees “don’t deserve to be rejected.” Musk tried crowdsourcing potential amendments to Trump’s orders instead of condemning them outright and argued the president could be convinced to tweak it.

He received mostly negative feedback for failing to come out more directly against Trump’s ban, so Musk tried a more direct attack in later tweets. But the follow up tweets only further enraged Tesla’s army of devotees, reminding them of Musk’s connections to Trump.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick initially joined Musk on the 19-member economic advisory council last December. Kalanick stepped down Thursday after 200,000 people deleted their Uber accounts to protest the company’s involvement with Trump.

“Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda,” Kalanick said in an internal memo. “Unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.”

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