President-elect Donald Trump's economic advisory team just added a heavy-hitter on technological innovation: SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Pepsi CEO Indra Noovi have also been tapped to offer the president-elect their counsel.
On Dec. 14, the Trump transition team announced that Musk and Kalanick had agreed to offer their expertise on technology and business to the president-elect as a part of his Strategic and Policy Forum.
"America has the most innovative and vibrant companies in the world, and the pioneering CEOs joining this Forum today are at the top of their fields," Trump said in a statement, according to The Hill.
"My Administration is going to work together with the private sector to improve the business climate and make it attractive for firms to create new jobs across the United States from Silicon Valley to the heartland," Trump added.
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On the same day that the announcement arrived, Musk is set to attend a meeting between Trump and several other Silicon Valley heavyweights at Trump Tower in Manhattan. Kalanick will not be in attendance due to travel commitments but released a statement.
"I look forward to engaging with our incoming President and this group on issues that affect our riders, drivers and the 450-plus cities where we operate," Kalanick said.
The Trump Tower meeting will also feature figures such as Musk, Facebook COO Cheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
On Nov. 4, Musk had expressed skepticism toward Trump's candidacy, telling CNBC: "I feel a bit stronger that he is not the right guy. He doesn't seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States."
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The SpaceX and Tesla CEO added that his views on the economy and environment were more aligned with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's policies, but concluded that the 2016 presidential election was not "the finest moment in our democracy."
Musk, an advocate for taking dramatic steps to curb the impact of climate change, may find himself at odds with the incoming administration. His companies aim to revolutionize transportation and housing in order to bury the fossil fuel industry, whereas Trump has historically been a climate skeptic and has signaled plans to lift regulations on oil and gas companies, according to Business Insider.
Despite these stark differences, the Tesla CEO is now set to help advise the president-elect. The Trump transition team added that Musk and Kalanick would meet with Trump frequently throughout his term, The Washington Post reports.