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Elon Musk slams Biden over Tesla snub in ‘buy American’ promise

Elon Musk took another shot at President Biden late Wednesday after he touted plans to “buy American” when building the federal government’s electric vehicle fleet – without mentioning Tesla. Musk, who has repeatedly slammed Biden for ignoring Tesla, fired back after the president said his plan to make all federal government vehicles electric would create more American jobs and boost domestic production capacity. “We’re gearing up to make all 600,000 federal government vehicles electric, bringing more manufacturing jobs back to our country, and building supply chains here at home. We’re making “buy American” a reality—not just a promise,” Biden tweeted from his official account. Musk replied by sharing a link to a USA Today article noting Tesla’s flagship sedan, the Model 3, had topped the Cars.com 2021 American-Made Index – the first time an electric vehicle earned the distinction. “Model 3 is literally the most made in America car in – well of course – America,” Musk tweeted. Musk has emerged as one of Biden’s most prominent critics since he took office, repeatedly taking his administration to task for failing to acknowledge Tesla’s leading position in US electric vehicle production. We’re gearing up to make all 600,000 federal government vehicles electric, bringing more manufacturing jobs back to our country, and building supply chains here at home. We’re making “buy American” a reality—not just a promise.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 11, 2022 [ahem] https://t.co/I1NfOhvlZ2— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 16, 2022 The White House has snubbed Tesla from events related to its electric vehicle push – with officials indicating the company has been left out because its factories aren’t unionized. Musk’s most notable anti-Biden diatribe occurred last month, when the president met with the CEOs of General Motors and Ford to promote his Build Back Better bill. In a video taken at the meeting, Biden said “companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before.” The remark prompted Musk to quip that Biden was a “a damp [sock] puppet in human form” who was “treating the American public like fools.” Musk’s frequent jabs seemed to have an effect earlier this month, when Biden mentioned Tesla for the first time since taking office during a speech about US auto manufacturing. “Since 2021, companies have announced investments totaling more than $200 billion in domestic manufacturing here in America, from iconic companies like GM and Ford building out new electric vehicle production to Tesla — our nation’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer — to innovative younger companies like Rivian building electric trucks or Proterra building electric buses,” Biden said. “We’re seeing the beginning of an American manufacturing comeback.”

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