Elon Musk is emerging as a future advisor to Trump if he returns to the presidency

Elon Musk is emerging as a future advisor to Trump if he returns to the presidency
Elon Musk is emerging as a future advisor to Trump if he returns to the presidency

Donald Trump is considering hiring billionaire Elon Musk as a political advisor if the Republican presidential candidate regains the White House in the November election, the newspaper reported on Wednesday The Wall Street Journalciting people familiar with the conversations.

Musk, who runs social media platform The Wall Street Journal on how it could influence economic and border security policies.

The newspaper also noted that Musk briefed Trump on his ongoing influence campaign aimed at convincing powerful American business leaders not to support Democratic President Joe Biden, who defeated him in the 2020 elections and is seeking a second term.

Those talks, which included billionaire investor Nelson Peltz, also included discussions about funding a “data-driven project to prevent voter fraud,” the outlet said, adding that no further details were known.

Representatives for Trump and Musk did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Representatives from Biden’s campaign also did not immediately respond.

Trump campaign spokesman Brian Hughes told The Wall Street Journal that only the Republican candidate will decide “what role an individual plays in his presidency.” The newspaper detailed that Musk did not respond to his requests for comment.

In March, after a meeting with Trump in Florida, Musk – one of the richest people in the world – said he would not donate money to him or to Biden. Instead, he intends to “use his influence … to help defeat Biden by galvanizing the support of influential allies,” the newspaper said, citing a person familiar with his ideas.

In recent years, Musk has moved closer to the Republican Party. The billionaire has said, without evidence, that Biden is intentionally allowing migrants to cross the US-Mexico borderand has endorsed anti-Semitic comments on X, although he has denied being so.

Although he has publicly criticized Biden’s policies on immigration, electric vehicles and tariffs, Musk has not announced any formal endorsement of anyone in the November race and Trump has said he did not know if he had the billionaire’s support.

Musk’s views have hurt his standing among some consumers, according to a CivicScience survey shown exclusively to Reuters.

Trump, a prolific Twitter user, now .

(Reporting by Tim Reid, Manas Mishra and Stephanie Kelly; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing in Spanish by Raúl Cortés Fernández, Reuters)

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