Vivek Ramaswamy wants Elon Musk as an adviser if elected president

NEWTON, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy mentioned he would really like Elon Musk to be an adviser in his administration ought to he be elected.

The assertion got here in response to a city corridor query from a voter on Friday, asking the 38-year-old entrepreneur the place he would search steering if elected.

Ramaswamy mentioned he needs to herald individuals with “a clean contemporary impression.” He added, “I’ve loved attending to know higher, Elon Musk just lately, I count on him to be an attention-grabbing adviser of mine as a result of he laid off 75% of the staff at Twitter.”

When requested by NBC Information about his communication with Musk other than his public Twitter Areas look, the GOP candidate defined that it’s principally simply social media interactions.

Musk on Aug. 17 reposted an interview on his social media platform, X, between Ramaswamy and Tucker Carlson, calling Ramaswamy “a really promising candidate.”

Ramaswamy admires the mass layoffs Musk performed after taking up Twitter final 12 months. The candidate has been vocal about his want to close down the Division of Schooling, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Throughout his journey to the Hawkeye State, Ramaswamy reiterated his want for mass modifications throughout the federal authorities, saying “mass layoffs are completely what I’ll carry to the D.C. forms.”

NBC Information reached out to Musk for additional touch upon if he would function an adviser if Ramaswamy had been to be elected, however no response has been acquired.

Final month, Ramaswamy participated in a digital dialogue with Musk the place the CEO described himself as a reasonable voter. The 2 mentioned a wide range of matters, however Musk admitted that he disagreed with Ramaswamy on climate change, “I disagree with the local weather stuff.”

Throughout the first GOP debate on Tuesday, Vivek Ramaswamy mentioned, “The climate change agenda is a hoax,” and he tweeted his quote in response to President Joe Biden writing “climate change is actual, by the way in which.”  Musk replied to Ramaswamy’s publish writing, “It’s presumably overstated within the quick time period, however we needs to be involved about it long run.”

Ramaswamy isn’t the one GOP presidential candidate that Musk has engaged with throughout this main election cycle.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis introduced his bid for the White House in a Twitter Area in Might, a stunt which crashed the platform attributable to excessive visitors.