Trump supports Tesla’s boss in challenging the shutdown to resume production


US President Donald Trump on Tuesday sided with US electric car leader Tesla, calling on California authorities to allow the company’s factory to be reopened after its president, Elon Musk, broke the state’s closure decision.
Trump’s comments came the day after Musk announced that he would resume production at his auto assembly plant in Fremont, California, and after launching a series of angry comments against the state’s closure policies to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.”California should allow Tesla and Elon Musk to open the factory now. This can be done quickly and safely!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Musk announced Monday that the company will resume production, challenging the authorities, escalating a row over pandemic-related closures in the Pacific state. “I will be on the phone with everyone,” Musk said on Twitter, adding that “if anyone is arrested I ask that it is only me.”

Musk’s comments came amid growing disagreements about the pace of easing the closures imposed by countries to contain the deadly Corona virus.
On Sunday, Musk threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters and factory outside of California as a result of a heated row with state authorities.
After Mask’s statement, the Alameda County Emergency Services Office said that Tesla would only be allowed “with minimal basic operations” until officials agree to a plan to resume work.
The boycott stressed in a statement that “we are dealing with the same phased approach used in other companies that violated the (closure) order in the past and we hope that Tesla will comply similarly without further enforcement (forces) enforcement.”

The administration is pushing to reopen the world’s largest economy, which was devastated by weeks of closures, despite the high number of daily deaths from the new Corona epidemic.
At the end of last month, Musk considered, during a press conference on the company’s financial situation, that the restrictions imposed to contain the virus were “an outbreak.” He said, “Extending segregation imposes people in their homes forcibly, and this contravenes their constitutional rights. This is my opinion. It violates the freedoms of individuals in a horrific and unfair manner.”
Tesla posted modest but surprising profits of $ 16 million in the first quarter of the year.

(AFP, New Arab)


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