Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will join an advisory team for President-elect Donald Trump, the Strategic and Policy Forum, Trump’s transition office announced Wednesday. Musk is a favorite of Millennials and he certainly is an innovator. That’s not all. He added Pepsi’s CEO Indra Nooyi who was devastated by Donald Trump’s victory and said her staff cried upon hearing the news.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is also on board.
Trump does want “jobs, jobs jobs” and he said he wants to be president of all the people.
Musk, Kalanick and Nooyi will join 13 other members of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum who are expected to “meet with the President frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the President implements his economic agenda.”
The forum will be chaired by Stephen A. Schwarzman, the CEO and co-founder of Blackstone, one of the world’s largest private equity firms.
“America has the most innovative and vibrant companies in the world, and the pioneering CEOs joining this Forum today are at the top of their fields,” Trump said in a statement.
“My Administration is going to work together with the private sector to improve the business climate and make it attractive for firms to create new jobs across the United States from Silicon Valley to the heartland.”
In November, Musk said in an interview with CNBC, “I feel a bit stronger that he is not the right guy. “He doesn’t seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States.”
They don’t agree on global warming either.
Musk is an electric-car pioneer, and Tesla just bought SolarCity. Trump on Sunday said on television that “nobody really knows” whether climate change is real.
Musk does create jobs. He opened a factory in Fremont that could mean over 3,000 jobs.
Kalanick, who once said he’d move to China if Trump won, is happy with Elaine Chao as transportation head. Chao doesn’t like regulations and goes head-to-head with unions.
Indra Nooyi told Andrew Ross Sorkin at The New York Times’ DealBook conference on Thursday that her employees are terrified that they aren’t safe now with Donald Trump as president.Our employees were all crying,” she said. “And the question that they’re asking, especially those who are not white, ‘Are we safe?’ Women are asking, ‘Are we safe?’ LGBT people are asking, ‘Are we safe?’ I never thought I would have to answer those questions.”
She said the LGBTs are worried and the Sentinel would like to know why. Do they think he’s going to come for them? It’s ridiculous. What lies have they bought into? This president is the one making them unsafe.
Those are the new members of the 19-member team. Other members include:
- Stephen A. Schwarzman (Forum Chairman), Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone;
- Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC, Former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission;
- Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors;
- Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic;
- Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co;
- Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock;
- Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company;
- Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group;
- Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.;
- Jim McNerney, Former Chairman, President, and CEO, Boeing;
- Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners;
- Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM;
- Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System;
- Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY;
- Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric;
- Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit;
If you are trying to figure Trump out, give it up. The one thing that should be apparent by now is that he thinks outside the box which could be why he’s a billionaire.