US President Joe Biden and billionaire Elon Musk exchanged jibes over the economy and the space program on Friday. Biden derided Musk’s economic concerns by pointing to the jobs supposedly created by his administration and wishing him luck with “his trip to the Moon,” only for the SpaceX magnate to remind him the mission is actually Biden’s own.
In emails that leaked on Thursday, Musk said he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy that made him want to cut Tesla’s workforce by 10% and pause hiring worldwide. Asked about this on Friday in Delaware, Biden touted Musk’s rivals.
“Well, let me tell ya, while Elon Musk is talking about that, Ford is increasing their investment overwhelmingly,” Biden said, noting that the carmaker has hired 6,000 new unionized workers to build electric cars. Meanwhile, Intel is “adding 20,000 new jobs for making computer chips.”
“So, you know, lots of luck in his trip to the Moon,” he said.
“Thanks Mr. President!” Musk replied on Twitter. As a pointed reminder of whose mission it actually was, he included a link to NASA’s April 16 announcement that SpaceX has been selected to develop the first commercial human Moon lander.