The 45th president of the United States has a new friend in the tech industry, and the answer on who it is may surprise you.
They say politics makes for strange bedfellows, and that saying holds true for newly sworn in president Donald Trump’s latest best friend, Elon Musk. It was Musk who said that Trump was “not the right guy” just days before he won the election, but as it turns out, the feeling wasn’t mutual, as Trump named the Tesla and SpaceX CEO to his team of business advisers, according to a CNN rpeort.
Musk has also visited the Trump Tower twice, one time as part of a meeting with tech CEOs and the second time as a private meeting with top aides of Trump, the report notes. And Tesla investors appear to have noticed the suddenly warm relationship.
“Elon Musk has an important line of communication to Donald Trump through his role as a strategic advisor to the President-elect,” Adam Jonas, an analyst with Morgan Stanley, wrote in an investor note as reported by CNN. “We believe this level of coordination with the new administration could actually evolve into greater strategic value than with the prior administration.”
And it could be a big deal for SpaceX too, which enjoys government contracts for space shipments. Musk could make more money in a relationship with Trump than President Obama, even though the two men appear to disagree strongly on the subjects of immigration and climate change. Musk, an immigrant himself, has built his business with a goal to help the environment. But they share the same opinion on strengthening U.S. manufacturing and job growth, which might be enough to forge a relationship.