Silicon Valley Slams Elon Musk for Tweeting Rex Tillerson Support

Silicon Valley Slams Elon Musk for Tweeting Rex Tillerson Support

As secretary of State, Tillerson would have a key role in negotiating worldwide climate treaties such as the Paris Agreement.

Musk met with Donald Trump previously at a sit-down with tech industry leaders late previous year, and also joined his Strategic and Policy Forum.

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) announced that they will vote to confirm former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be President Donald Trump's choice for US secretary of state.

Musk tweeted: "This may sound surprising coming from me, but I agree with The Economist".

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Now Musk is expressing support for Trump's pick for U.S. secretary of state, former ExxonMobil's CEO Rex Tillerson, who retired from the oil major after he was tapped for the cabinet role.

Musk has been a vocal supporter of a carbon tax, and has repeatedly referred to carbon emissions as an "unpriced externality". "This is what is really needed to move the needle". But Musk told to Bloomberg Tech's Dana Hull that "Rex is an exceptionally competent executive, understands geopolitics and knows how to win for his team". He was unable to address concerns about global conflicts, unable and unwilling to address policy and conflict issues related to his tenure at Exxon - including the most critical issue of climate change - and unwilling to condemn blatant human rights violations. "In the Sec of State role, he is obligated to advance the cause of the USA and I suspect he probably will", Musk told Gizmodo.

Although Tillerson may not bring Trump around to Musk's way of thinking, Musk said in the interview that "simply attacking him [Trump] will achieve nothing".