Elon Musk steps down from WH councils after Trump withdrawal from Paris agreement

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June 1, 2017

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is following through on his threat to step down from his positions on advisory councils in the White House after President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Tesla CEO threatens to quit Trump biz council if US leaves Paris deal – The Hill

June 1, 2017

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is following through on his threat to step down from his positions on advisory councils in the White House after President Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Tesla CEO threatens to quit Trump biz council if US leaves Paris deal – The Hill

"Am departing presidential councils," Musk tweeted on Thursday. "Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world."

On Wednesday afternoon, the tech billionaire tweeted that he made every effort to persuade Trump to not withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement and vowed to step down if the President did just that.

According to Musk's own tweets, he had lobbied Trump for months for the U.S. to not drop out of the agreement.

The Tesla CEO endured heavy criticism from some groups for accepting and then not stepping down from his role on Trump advisory councils. Musk argued that it was important be apart of the conversations with the White House, regardless of who is president, to help shape discourse.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick had previously stepped down from the council in February, bowing to pressure from outside groups and vexed employees at Uber.

Representatives from IBM declined to say if CEO Ginni Rometty would step down from her position on the White House's Strategic and Policy advisory council as well. IBM has strongly supported the U.S. taking part in the agreement. Prior to Trump's announcement to withdraw the company reinforced its position with a blogpost arguing the agreements importance in a blogpost on Thursday morning.


Courtesy: The Hill