Mon. Dec 11th, 2023
The Biden Administration Stays Connected to SpaceX and Starlink Despite Musk’s Controversial Remarks

The Biden administration has decided to maintain its relationship with Elon Musk’s companies, SpaceX and Starlink, despite condemning the CEO for amplifying antisemitic rhetoric. The National Security Council (NSC) spokesperson, John Kirby, stated that the administration recognizes the value of innovation in the private sector and does not plan to terminate contracts with Musk’s companies.

Kirby acknowledged concerns regarding Musk’s recent reposting of an antisemitic post, but clarified that the administration has not taken specific actions to address these concerns through the companies’ support of national security establishments. He emphasized that the administration does not endorse or agree with the antisemitic rhetoric promoted by Musk.

In response to Musk’s remarks, the White House promptly condemned the promotion of antisemitic and racist hate, emphasizing that such behavior goes against American values.

Several companies, including Disney, Apple, and Comcast, have withdrawn their advertising spending in response to Musk’s controversial post.

SpaceX’s Starlink technology has been contracted by the Pentagon to provide internet coverage for Ukraine during its defense against the Russian invasion. Additionally, the company has secured a government contract to develop Starshield, a military version of Starlink.

In recent news, SpaceX received federal permission to carry out a test launch of its Starship rocket in Texas. However, the launch ended prematurely with the rocket self-destructing.

Despite the controversy surrounding Elon Musk’s remarks, the White House remains committed to maintaining its professional relationship with him. Notably, President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and First Lady Jill Biden have announced their profiles on Threads, a Twitter-like platform created by Meta. However, it is worth mentioning that the creation of these profiles had been in progress for several weeks prior to the recent controversy.

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