Updated: Elon Musk says he’ll dump Trump if he pulls out of Paris climate deal

Elon Musk says he will dump Trump if the president pulls out of the Paris climate deal.

As reports poured in Wednesday that Donald Trump is set to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, Musk was getting more pressure to cut his ties to the president.

After tweeting Wednesday that he had tried his hardest to sway Trump on the climate agreement,  Musk responded to a question he received on Twitter:

Musk (and Apple CEO Tim Cook) placed last-minute phone calls Wednesday to ask Trump to change his mind on the Paris agreement, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Musk has taken heat for sitting on a presidential business advisory team and being involved in a U.S. manufacturing-jobs initiative. Trump has called climate change a hoax; Musk is a longtime clean-energy advocate who leads electric vehicle maker Tesla and solar energy provider SolarCity.

Musk said earlier this year the criticism was getting him “down,” and has defended his ties to the president, saying it’s important to have a seat at the table.

Musk said last week that he talked to Trump about the Paris climate agreement, the 2015 accord in which most nations committed to reducing emissions to fight climate change.

Also, earlier this month Musk joined other business executives who sent Trump an open letter urging him to stay in the Paris agreement.

Now that White House officials are reportedly saying Trump will pull the United States from the accord — Trump tweeted that he will be announcing his decision “over the next few days” — Musk is facing calls to divest.

These calls are in addition to tech investor Doug Derwin’s $2 million campaign urging Musk to dump Trump. It includes billboards on Interstate 880 in Milpitas near Tesla’s Fremont plant and elsewhere, and advertisements in national newspapers. An online petition for the cause on Derwin’s website, which links to Change.org, has more than 18,000 signatures.

 

 

Photo: Elon Musk listens to President Donald Trump speak during a meeting with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2017. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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