Trump and Musk are friends. Just don’t mention EVs.

By Scott Waldman | 06/07/2024 06:33 AM EDT

The former president routinely rails against electric cars — even as he considers giving the Tesla CEO a role in a potential administration.

This combination of photos shows former President Donald Trump during rally at the Minden Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nev., Oct. 8, 2022, left, and Elon Musk in Wilmington, Del., July 12, 2021.

It would be hard for Elon Musk to find another politician as focused as former President Donald Trump on eliminating the clean energy subsidies that have benefited Tesla more than any other automaker. AP

Elon Musk is growing close to the man who wants to throttle his business.

Musk and former President Donald Trump now talk on the phone a few times a month, and the Tesla CEO may become one of Trump’s advisers if he wins reelection, The Wall Street Journal reported last week. But it would be hard for Musk to find another politician — let alone presidential candidate — so focused on eliminating the clean energy subsidies that have benefited Tesla more than any other automaker.

For months, Trump has devoted a portion of his speech at virtually all of his political rallies to attacks on electric vehicles, making false claims about their functionality and using them as a proxy to attack President Joe Biden’s climate policy. At a rally last month in Wisconsin, Trump directly attacked the EV subsidies that have benefited Tesla, saying Biden “is spending hundreds of billions of dollars to give $7,500 tax credits to rich people who buy electric cars.”

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“Well, I like Elon, but the car … I’m all for them if you want to go to the candy store, buy yourself a little candy and come back home,” Trump said. “But if you want to take a trip to a place like Mar-a-Lago to say hello to me, you better get yourself a different mode of transportation.”

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