Elon Musk Appointed as Advisor to Trump
President-elect Donald Trump has announced three additional members to join the President's Strategic and Policy Forum, one of whom is non other than noted chairman and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk.
Musk is joining the advisory council alongside Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and PepsiCo CEO Indra Noohyi. They will be part of Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum, which will be "called upon to meet with the President frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the President implements his economic agenda."
Musk graciously accepted the title - but it's unclear as to whether this is a positive or negative development. On one hand, this might mean that Musk is falling more and more in line with the Trump ideology, but on the other hand, Musk may hope he can positively influence Trump's decisions with a logical voice of reason. Based on Musk's past political proclivities, it might be safe to assume the latter. At the start of November, prior to the election, Musk stated in an interview with CNBC that Trump "doesn't seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States." He was also listed as a donor to Hillary Clinton's campaign, and was quoted as saying that he hoped Trump "doesn't get the nomination of the Republican party."
However, this might also be a bad sign for NASA, since Trump has previously spoken out against the organization in favor of commercial space, of which Musk is the public face. Nonetheless, we hope that Musk providing his "direct input... in a frank, non-bureaucratic and non-partisan manner" will push Trump towards a more liberal and realistic view of science, particularly climate change.