After SpaceX completed its historic private spaceflight on Saturday, CEO Elon Musk took a potshot with President Joe Biden, who has yet to mention the performance of the company and private flight crew.
“The US President acknowledges the four latest American astronauts who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for St. Jude,” said one of Musk’s 60 million followers on Twitter, a social networking platform. I refused too. Why is your theory? What? “
Musk replied, “He’s still sleeping.”
As previously reported by CNBC, SpaceX safely returned the Crew Dragon spacecraft from orbit yesterday. After spending three days in space, the capsule took four members of the Inspiration 4 mission to Earth.
One of the main goals of the Inspiration4 mission was to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Raised $160.2 million as of Saturday. After Inspiration4 splashed out, Musk personally pledged to donate $50 million, raising the campaign total to $210 million.
The White House and SpaceX did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Top NASA officials congratulate Mask and SpaceX on the Inspire 4 mission. SpaceX’s competitors have acknowledged that, shared on social media with praise from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Blue Origin and fellow Mask rivals Jeff Bezos.
It marked the first private SpaceX space flight by a non-professional crew. In addition, the mission included the first black woman to operate a spacecraft, the youngest American to become an astronaut, and the first woman to fly in space with a prosthesis. Rice field.
Musk recently said he wanted to “get away from politics,” but his quip on Sunday showed a willingness to pierce the Democratic president and repeat right-wing taunts about Biden.
During the 2020 campaign, former President Donald Trump frequently insulted then-candidate Biden by calling him “Sleepy Joe.”
Most recently, Trump sent Biden ironic greetings ahead of his June summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin. Do not sleep during the meeting. I extend my heartfelt respect to him,” he said in an emailed statement at the time.
SpaceX generally maintains good relations with the federal government. For example, it won a $2.89 billion contract to build NASA’s next crew member’s lunar lander, beating Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin and Leidos’ subsidiary Dianetics. SpaceX has sent 10 astronauts to the ISS so far.
However, SpaceX is under investigation by the Justice Department after allegations of discriminating against job seekers based on citizenship status. This is an investigation that started during the Trump administration.
In addition to his responsibilities at SpaceX, Musk is also the CEO of electric car maker Tesla. (Tesla is also a SpaceX supplier.)
In that case, he lamented the Biden administration’s proposal recently to allocate an additional $4,500 incentive to some new small electric passenger car buyers. One of the provisions of the proposal is that electric vehicles should be manufactured domestically by the union.
The company operates an auto assembly plant in California, a battery plant in Nevada, and is building another plant outside Austin, Texas, but Tesla is the only major integrated production unit here. American car manufacturer.
“This was written by a Ford/UAV lobbyist while building an electric car in Mexico. It is unclear how this will help US taxpayers,” Musk said on Twitter on Sept. 12. No,” he said.
In Cars.com’s 2021 annual American Made Index, Tesla’s popular Model 3 electric sedan outpaced its crossover Model Y in third place.