Joe Biden says Elon Musk’s ties ‘to other countries deserve consideration’

Elon Musk is in Joe Biden’s sights. His links with foreign countries “deserve to be examined”, indeed judged the American president on Wednesday, in response to a question on the possibility that the takeover of Twitter by the billionaire represents a threat to American national security.

“I think Elon Musk’s cooperation, and/or technical relationships with other countries, are worth considering,” the White House tenant told a news conference, visibly reflecting. carefully to the words used in his reply. For Joe Biden, whether or not the businessman “is doing something inappropriate, and I’m not implying that he is, it deserves to be looked into, that’s the only thing I can tell”.

Ties with Saudi Arabia

The Democratic leader was responding to a question about the involvement of Saudi Prince Al-Walid bin Talal in the takeover of Twitter by the boss of the car manufacturer Tesla. Prince al-Walid has indeed brought to Elon Musk the almost 35 million shares he already held in the social network, directly and via his KHC holding company, which makes him the group’s second largest shareholder.

Shortly after the takeover of Twitter at the end of October, Democratic Senator Chris Murphy had already estimated, in a tweet that “we should be concerned that the Saudis, who have a clear interest in repressing political expression and weighing on the American politician, are now the second owner of a major social media platform. The senator also announced that he would ask the Senate Foreign Investment Committee to open an investigation into “the national security implications of the takeover of Twitter by Saudi Arabia”.

Until now little concerned with political and geopolitical questions, Elon Musk gave his opinion on several important subjects, in particular the war in Ukraine and the tensions between China and Taiwan.

In the first case, the billionaire proposed a solution involving the final cession of Crimea to Russia, “in order to repair Khrushchev’s historical error” as well as a real referendum in the predominantly Russian-speaking regions of the country to decide on the future of these parts of Ukrainian territory. Regarding Taiwan, Elon Musk spoke out in favor of a reunification of the two Chinas following negotiations between the two sides of the strait. In both cases, these comments had elicited positive reactions from both Moscow and Beijing.

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