Trump: California Should Let Elon Musk Reopen Tesla Factory
President Donald Trump on Tuesday sided with billionaire Elon Musk in his fight with California officials, defending the Tesla CEO’s decision to resume production at the company’s plant in Fremont as part of his larger political battle to reopen the economy and lift coronavirus shutdown orders.
Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California has been shut since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. After Alameda County decided on Friday that Tesla does not yet have a “green light” to resume production, Musk responded on Twitter that Tesla is prepared to pull out of the state entirely. The billionaire CEO said on Saturday that Tesla would “immediately” move its operations out of California. The electric car maker will move its headquarters and future operations to Texas and Nevada, Musk said, adding that “if we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependent on how Tesla is treated in the future.”
He also said that in response to the decision not to allow Tesla to resume production, he is suing California’s Alameda County for “acting contrary to the Governor, the President, our Constitutional freedoms & just plain common sense!” Musk personally criticized Alameda County’s interim public health officer, Dr. Erica Pan, for the decision, calling her “unelected” and “ignorant.”