In a recent interview with CNBC, the 45th president of the United States threw praised to the Telsa and Space X CEO as being one of the geniuses the United States has ever had and likened him to Thomas Edison.

While in Davos on the world economic forum meeting, Mr. Trump was asked his view of what he thinks about Elon Musk and the market carp of Telsa that dwarfs Ford and GM combined.

“Well, you have to give him credit on what he is doing you know, like the rockets he likes rockets… And I was worried about him, because he’s one of our great geniuses, and we have to protect our genius. You know, we have to protect Thomas Edison and we have to protect all of these people that – came up with originally the light bulb and – the wheel and all of these things. And he is one of our very smart people and we want to – we want to cherish those people. That’s very important. But he’s done a very good job.”

The president went on to comment, “He’s going to be building a very big plant in the United States. He has to because we help him, so he has to help us.” The commander in chief did not elaborate more on what he meant with those comments. Some critics say that the Trump administration has not helped enough in the transition to sustainable energy, which is tesla’s main goal, so “He has to because we help him, so he has to help us”, does not seem to make any sense.

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President Trump on CNBC interview

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