Tesla’s Musk and Uber’s Kalanick Joining Trump’s Economic Advisory Panel

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Uber chief Travis Kalanick will be joining President-elect Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum that will continue to advise him on economic issues and jobs growth.

They’ll join an impressive list of corporate heads including General Motors CEO Mary Barra, PepsiCo. CEO Indra Nooyi, and Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Trump thinks that adding Musk and Kalanick will open up door for the new administration with Silicon Valley.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.

“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. “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.”

The Tesla chief had been rumored to meet with Trump and other tech company leaders today at Trump Tower in New York City. That list was said by Wall Street Journal and Recode to include Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, Oracle CEO Safra Catz, and executives from Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Alphabet/Google, Intel, and Microsoft.

Musk had endorsed Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton during a CNBC interview days before the election. He said Clinton’s economic and environmental policies are “the right ones.” Musk also said he didn’t think the outcome of the election will have much bearing on Tesla’s business.

He did potentially set up a tense social encounter with newly elected president Donald Trump.

“He doesn’t seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States,” Musk said during the interview on CNBC.

Musk has some time to think it through. Trump’s transition team has said the first meeting of the forum will be held at the White House during the first week of February, as reported by Detroit News.

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The new president, known for making provocative statements of his own, may be comfortable with Musk’s direct style. According to Trump’s transition team, the panel will “provide direct input to the president from many of the best and brightest in the business world in a frank, non-bureaucratic and non-partisan manner.”

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