The pick-me fight between President Joe Biden and Tesla CEO Elon Musk continues.
In his State of the Union address Tuesday, Biden praised Ford's $11 billion investment in electric vehicles, which would create 11,000 new U.S. jobs, he said. He also shouted out GM for investing roughly $7 billion in EVs, making room for 4,000 jobs in Michigan.
He did not mention Tesla, and Musk was not pleased.
“Tesla has created over 50,000 U.S. jobs building electric vehicles & is investing more than double GM + Ford combined,” he tweeted at Biden Tuesday night (or, rather, to the "person controlling this twitter”).
That’s not the first time Musk has criticized Biden in tweets and during other exchanges. Musk called Biden a “damp sock puppet” in late January, after he wasn’t invited to a White House meeting among business leaders. He told CNBC last month that Biden has ignored Tesla, and he would “do the right thing” if he was ever invited to a White House event. “They have nothing to worry about,” Musk said.
White House aides said Biden doesn’t mention Tesla because he considers the company anti-union, according to CNBC. He’s given Tesla a shout-out only once during his presidency, when talking about American manufacturing last month.