Elon Musk Says He’ll Stop Advising Trump If U.S. Leaves Paris Climate Accord

While President Donald Trump mulls his rumored plan to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, others are apparently considering their own exit ― from Trump.

Among them is Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX, Tesla and a growing number of other startups. 

Musk said Wednesday that if Trump pulls the U.S. out of the landmark international accord on combating climate change, he’ll have no option but to resign from his role on Trump’s business advisory council.

“Don’t know which way Paris will go, but I’ve done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain,” Musk tweeted Wednesday, using the acronym for president of the United States. 

Asked by a Twitter follower how he might react if Trump does decide to leave, Musk didn’t shy away: “Will have no choice but to depart councils in that case,” he said.

Musk has taken heat for agreeing to serve the White House in an advisory role. In the past, he’s rebuffed critics by arguing his presence is “doing good.” Indeed, he has used the position to advocate for immigrants and environmental issues.

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