White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre could not say whether senior government officials discussed Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop during a meeting with Twitter owner Elon Musk on Friday. refused.
“I’ll refer you to a representative from Hunter about that,” Jean-Pierre said when asked if a laptop had appeared during the meeting.
The White House has gone head-to-head with Mr. Musk in recent months as “Twitter files” detailing censorship of the social media platform have been released.
In the first article, Musk said Twitter posted a post sharing the revelations of a New York Post article from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop computer, published just weeks before the 2020 presidential election. We released a ton of internal documents showing the reasons for the suppression.
The documents pointed out that the company was overwhelmed by outside groups, including the Biden campaign, and petitioned the company to manipulate speech.
Shortly after the documents were released, Jean-Pierre called out the billionaire free speech advocate, who he claimed was trying to divert attention from the rise in hate speech since Musk took over Twitter in October. criticized.
A subsequent article in the Twitter file describes the censorship of conservative voices on the platform and backchannel communications by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies working with Twitter executives to flag posts and ban users. The extent to which speech is moderated has been clarified, including
On Friday, Musk met with John Podesta, senior adviser to the president for clean energy innovation, and Mitch Landrieu, who oversees implementation of the bipartisan infrastructure law.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the three had discussed expanding electric vehicle manufacturing.
“I think the outreach and the conference say a lot about how important the president’s bipartisan infrastructure bill is, and how important the Inflation Reduction Act is, especially in relation to EVS and his commitments. said Jean-Pierre. “I think it’s important that a senior member of his team met with Elon Musk today.”
The meeting took place at Tesla’s lobbying office in Washington and lasted about 30 minutes.
Under the president’s massive climate, tax and health spending bill, known as the Inflation Reduction Act, Tesla and other electric vehicle owners qualify for a tax credit.
A law passed in August requires that only electric vehicles must be manufactured in the United States to qualify for the tax credit.
Biden has repeatedly ignored Tesla’s role in making electric cars in the United States, only publicly acknowledging Mr. Musk after complaining that he was overlooked.
During his time in Washington, Mr. Musk also met with Republican and Democratic lawmakers.