President Biden demanded on Wednesday that Elon Musk, a billionaire businessman who recently acquired Twitter with the professed intention of reinstating free speech values, be the subject of a federal probe.
“Do you think Elon Musk is a threat to US national security? And should the US — and with the tools you have — investigate his joint acquisition of Twitter with foreign governments, which include the Saudis?”
“I think that Elon Musk’s cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at. Whether or not he is doing anything inappropriate, I’m not suggesting that. I’m suggesting that it’s worth being looked at,” Biden replied.
When asked “How?”Biden said that there’s a lot of ways but did not offer any further explanation.
Last month, Musk, who also controls the electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla and the aerospace company SpaceX, officially seized control of the social network.
Since 2011, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has owned stock in Twitter through his company, Kingdom Holdings, making him the second-largest shareholder behind Musk.
Last year, Biden dissed Tesla by declining to invite the company to an e-vehicle expo at the White House, ostensibly because it doesn’t have a unionized staff. Tesla is the leading seller of electric vehicles. However, SpaceX is given significant contracts by the US government.
Musk purchased Twitter after the company’s staff began to censor more and more content that was critical of Biden, including prohibiting the publication of The Post’s explosive articles from October 2020 that used documents found on Hunter Biden’s laptop and connected Joe Biden to his son’s business ventures in China and Ukraine.