Democrat President Joe Biden has responded to Tesla CEO Elon Musk saying he had a “super bad feeling” about the U.S. economy.
As Slay News previously reported, Musk said in a leaked email that he wants to slash 10 percent of Tesla’s workforce amid the bleak economic outlook.
Biden was asked by a reporter about Musk’s comments during a press conference today.
The reporter also mentioned JP Morgan Chase CEO Jaime Dimon warning that there’s an “economic hurricane” coming.
Biden reached into his pocket for his pre-prepared notes and rattled off some companies that are not cutting workers.
He used the opportunity to take a further dig at Musk by suggesting that electric automakers with unions are not cutting jobs (for now).
He then threw his hands up and said:
“Lots of luck on his trip to the moon.”
#BREAKING: President Biden responds to Elon Musk's "super bad feeling about" the US economy and wants to cut 10% of workforce: "Lots of luck on his trip to the moon." pic.twitter.com/QEYnPI6hlf
— Forbes (@Forbes) June 3, 2022
Musk, whose other company SpaceX just won a contract with NASA, quickly fired back, saying: “Thanks Mr President!”
Thanks Mr President!https://t.co/dCcTQLsJTp
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 3, 2022
Musk then linked to NASA’s statement: “NASA is getting ready to send astronauts to explore more of the Moon as part of the Artemis program, and the agency has selected SpaceX to continue development of the first commercial human lander that will safely carry the next two American astronauts to the lunar surface.”
The firm-fixed-price, milestone-based contract’s total award value is $2.89 billion.
“With this award, NASA and our partners will complete the first crewed demonstration mission to the surface of the Moon in the 21st century as the agency takes a step forward for women’s equality and long-term deep space exploration,” said Kathy Lueders, NASA’s associate administrator for Human Explorations and Operations Mission Directorate.
“This critical step puts humanity on a path to sustainable lunar exploration and keeps our eyes on missions farther into the solar system, including Mars.”
SpaceX has been working closely with NASA experts during the HLS base period of performance to inform its lander design and ensure it meets NASA’s performance requirements and human spaceflight standards.
A key tenet for safe systems, these agreed-upon standards range from areas of engineering, safety, health, and medical technical areas.
“This is an exciting time for NASA and especially the Artemis team,” said Lisa Watson-Morgan, program manager for HLS at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
“During the Apollo program, we proved that it is possible to do the seemingly impossible: land humans on the Moon.”