Elon Musk mocks President Biden after SpaceX completes first all-civilian mission

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk poses with the crew earlier than launch on September 15, 2021.

John Kraus / Inspiration4

After SpaceX accomplished a historic, personal spaceflight on Saturday, CEO Elon Musk took a pot shot at President Joe Biden who had but to comment on the company’s and the civilian flight crew’s accomplishments.

One of Musk’s 60 million followers on the social networking platform Twitter requested him, “The President of the United States has refused to even acknowledge the 4 newest American astronauts who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for St. Jude. What’s your theory on why that is?”

Musk replied, “He’s still sleeping.”

As CNBC beforehand reported, SpaceX safely returned its Crew Dragon spacecraft from orbit yesterday. The capsule carried the 4 members of the Inspiration4 mission again to Earth after three days in area.

One main aim of the Inspiration4 mission was to boost $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It had raised $160.2 million by Saturday. Celebrating after Inspiration4 splashed down, Musk pledged to contribute $50 million personally — pushing the marketing campaign’s complete raised to $210 million.

The White House and SpaceX didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Top NASA officers have congratulated Musk and SpaceX on the Inspiration4 mission. SpaceX opponents acknowledged it too, with accolades from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Blue Origin and Musk’s peer and rival Jeff Bezos shared on social media.

This marked the first personal SpaceX spaceflight, with a non-professional crew. Additionally, the mission concerned the first Black lady to function a spacecraft pilot, the youngest American to change into an astronaut thus far, and the first particular person to fly in area with a prosthesis.

Although Musk not too long ago said that he “would prefer to stay out of politics,” his quip on Sunday indicated a willingness to needle the Democratic president and repeat a right-wing taunt about Biden.

During his 2020 marketing campaign, former President Donald Trump often insulted then-candidate Biden by calling him “Sleepy Joe.”

More not too long ago, Trump despatched Biden sarcastic well-wishes forward of a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in June. He stated in an e-mailed assertion on the time, “Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin— don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards!”

SpaceX typically enjoys an excellent relationship with the federal authorities. For instance, it gained a $2.89 billion contract to build NASA’s subsequent crewed lunar lander, beating out Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Leidos subsidiary Dynetics, and SpaceX has flown 10 astronauts to the ISS for NASA thus far. 

However, SpaceX can also be underneath investigation by the Department of Justice after accusations that it discriminated in opposition to job candidates primarily based on citizenship standing — a probe that started through the Trump administration.

In addition to his obligations at SpaceX, Musk is concurrently the CEO of electrical car makers Tesla. (Tesla can also be a provider to SpaceX.)

In that capability, he not too long ago bemoaned a Biden administration proposal that might allocate an additional $4,500 in incentives to patrons of sure, new electrical light-duty passenger autos. One stipulation of the proposal is that electrical autos needs to be union-made, domestically.

While the company operates a battery manufacturing facility in Nevada, and a car meeting plant in California already, with one other underneath development outdoors of Austin, Texas, Tesla is the one main U.S. automaker whose manufacturing will not be unionized right here.

Musk stated, on Twitter on September 12, of the proposal: “This is written by Ford/UAW lobbyists, as they make their electric car in Mexico. Not obvious how this serves American taxpayers.”

In Cars.com’s annual American Made Index for 2021, Tesla’s common Model 3 electrical sedan topped the rankings, and its crossover Model Y landed in third place.

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