The White House has affirmed that it has no plans to move away from using Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Starlink technology within the Defense Department, according to a spokesperson. The decision comes despite condemning Musk for his recent antisemitic comments. Last week, Musk endorsed an antisemitic conspiracy theory on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. As a result, several major companies, including Apple, Disney, and Comcast, suspended their advertising spending on the platform.
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby addressed the issue and stated that the government recognizes the innovation present in the private sector and does not want to relinquish the benefits associated with Musk’s technology. Although there are no current efforts to address concerns regarding Musk’s rhetoric through his companies’ support to national security, Kirby emphasized that the government does not accept or condone his antisemitic comments.
Decoupling the federal government from Musk’s companies could present challenges due to existing contracts and ongoing projects. For instance, the Pentagon has commissioned Starlink technology to provide internet coverage to Ukraine amid its defensive war against Russia. SpaceX also won a separate Pentagon contract for Starshield, a military-specific version of Starlink.
Musk’s antisemitic comments received rapid condemnation from the White House. In response, spokesman Andrew Bates expressed strong disapproval, stating that such promotion of hate goes against American values. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre did not announce whether President Joe Biden or the White House would suspend their accounts on X. However, shortly after the press briefing, the White House, Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris all announced that they had created profiles on Threads, a social media platform developed by Meta as a competitor to X.
In conclusion, while the White House maintains its usage of Musk’s technology, it firmly denounces his antisemitic remarks, echoing a commitment to combating hate and upholding the values of the nation.