Elon Musk quits Trump advisory role

US corporations disheartened by their president's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement...

Elon Musk quits Trump advisory role

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Elon Musk has announced that he quit two of Donald Trump's business advisory councils following the US president's decision to withdraw the country from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The Tesla chief had promised on Twitter that his hand would be forced if Trump confirmed that he was ditching the 2014 accord yesterday. Following Trump's press conference, he once again took to the social media platform to reveal: "Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world."

United States President Donald J. Trump makes a statement regarding the Paris Accord in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Ron Sachs/CNP/ABACAPRESS.COM

"It's the last resort, you'll always try and see if there's other work that that employee can do. Elon Musk quits Trump advisory role US corporations disheartened by their president's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement...

According to Business Insider, Musk had used his access to the president to push for a carbon tax. It is also thought that his White House ties would have benefitted his underground Los Angeles infrastructure project.

The tech billionaire had opted to continue holding his controversial place on a White House advisory council following the furore surrounding Trump's attempted immigration ban early into his presidency, but the severing of ties with other major nations on climate change has proved to be a step too far.

Trump told the press on Thursday:

"We're getting out, but we will start to negotiate - and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair."

Musk had taken to Twitter on Wednesday night to reveal he'd done everything in his power to keep the country in the 2016 accord, but was unsure which way Trump would come down at his White House rose garden press conference...

Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger. Picture by: Evan Agostini/AP/Press Association Images

Disney's Robert Iger also quit the business advisory panel on foot of the announcement.

Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein also condemned the move on Twitter...

Bloomberg has reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook phoned the White House earlier this week to urge Trump not to withdraw from the deal.