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Biden: Musk’s relationship with countries ‘worthy of being looked at’

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President Joe Biden said Elon Musk’s relationships with other countries, specifically his acquisition of Twitter with help from a Saudi Arabian conglomerate, is “worthy of being looked at.” President Biden was asked about the topic at a White House press conference Wednesday.

“I think that Elon Musk’s cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at,” Biden said. “Whether or not he is doing anything inappropriate, I’m not suggesting that. I’m suggesting that it’s worth being looked at. But that’s all I’ll say.”

When asked “how” Musk’s relationships with Saudi Arabia should be looked at, Biden said “there’s a lot of ways” before moving onto the next question. Last month, the White House said reports the United States was discussing launching a national security review of some of Musk’s ventures including Twitter were “not true.”

Musk’s purchase of Twitter sparked concerns that he could face pressure from countries trying to control online speech. In addition to getting help from a Saudi conglomerate in order to purchase Twitter, Musk’s electric car company Tesla counts China as a key market and production base.

There is also Musk’s attempts to conduct foreign policy on behalf of the United States. Musk previously suggested that tensions between China and Taiwan could be resolved by handing over some control of Taiwan to Beijing. He also proposed Ukraine permanently cede Crimea to Russia, while saying his rocket and satellite internet company SpaceX could not indefinitely fund Starlink in Ukraine.

Reuters contributed to this report.

PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS SUGGESTED ELON MUSK’S PURCHASE OF TWITTER SHOULD BE PUT UNDER A GOVERNMENT MICROSCOPE.
TO FRONT THE 44 BILLION DOLLAR ACQUISITION BILL…
MUSK RECEIVED FUNDING FROM FOREIGN INVESTORS…
INLCUDING QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA.
THE BILLIONAIRE SAUDI PRINCE THAT MUSK HAS PARTNERED WITH HAS LONG BEEN A SHAREHOLDER IN MANY COMPANIES.
ONCE THE LARGEST STAKEHOLDER IN APPLE.
AND INVESTED IN COMPANIES LIKE CHASE BANK, CITIGROUP, AND MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS.
BUT PRESIDENT BIDEN SAYS MUSK’S RELATIONSHIPS WITH FOREIGN INVESTORS IS WORTH LOOKING INTO.

“Relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at, whether or not he is doing anything inappropriate. I’m not suggesting that. I’m suggesting that it’s worth being looked at.”
A DEMOCRATIC U.S. SENATOR ALREADY PREVIOUSLY SCRUTINIZED THE DEAL.
CALLING IT A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT TO HAVE THE SAUDIS FINANCIALLY INVOLVED IN A MAJOR SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLET.
HE SPECULATES THE SAUDIS COULD LOOK TO INTERFERE IN POLITICS AND FREE SPEECH…
ON A PLATFORM ELON MUSK IS BRANDING AS A SAFE SPACE FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT.

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President Joe Biden said Elon Musk’s relationships with other countries, specifically his acquisition of Twitter with help from a Saudi Arabian conglomerate, is “worthy of being looked at.” President Biden was asked about the topic at a White House press conference Wednesday.

“I think that Elon Musk’s cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at,” Biden said. “Whether or not he is doing anything inappropriate, I’m not suggesting that. I’m suggesting that it’s worth being looked at. But that’s all I’ll say.”

When asked “how” Musk’s relationships with Saudi Arabia should be looked at, Biden said “there’s a lot of ways” before moving onto the next question. Last month, the White House said reports the United States was discussing launching a national security review of some of Musk’s ventures including Twitter were “not true.”

Musk’s purchase of Twitter sparked concerns that he could face pressure from countries trying to control online speech. In addition to getting help from a Saudi conglomerate in order to purchase Twitter, Musk’s electric car company Tesla counts China as a key market and production base.

There is also Musk’s attempts to conduct foreign policy on behalf of the United States. Musk previously suggested that tensions between China and Taiwan could be resolved by handing over some control of Taiwan to Beijing. He also proposed Ukraine permanently cede Crimea to Russia, while saying his rocket and satellite internet company SpaceX could not indefinitely fund Starlink in Ukraine.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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