A giant billboard near Tesla’s Fremont factory is asking CEO Elon Musk to sever his ties with the Trump administration.
The billboard reads “Elon: Please Dump Trump” and sits just three miles outside the Fremont factory on I-880, SiliconValley.com first reported. The sign’s tagline reads “Resist” in red.
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Musk sits on President Donald Trump’s business advisory council and manufacturing jobs initiative. He also visited the White House on Wednesday to discuss infrastructure spending. Musk is planning to launch a tunneling company to relieve traffic in Los Angeles.
No one has taken credit for the paid advertisement. Clear Channel Outdoor, the billboard’s owner, wrote on the sign that the message does not reflect the views of Clear Channel Outdoor or its lessors.
Jason King, a spokesperson for Clear Channel Outdoor, reiterated that paid advertisements do not reflect the views of the company. King said the ad stopped running March 10.
Musk has come under fire for his proximity to the Trump administration, particularly after Trump temporarily barred citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries and all refugees from entering the US. A federal judge temporarily blocked Trump’s executive order in early February.
Tesla referred Business Insider to Musk’s statement in February defending his decision to remain on Trump’s councils:
“Advisory councils simply provide advice and attending does not mean that I agree with actions by the Administration. My goals are to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and to help make humanity a multi-planet civilization, a consequence of which will be the creation of hundreds of thousands of jobs and a more inspiring future for all.”
“I understand the perspective of those who object to my attending this meeting, but I believe at this time that engaging on critical issues will on balance serve the greater good.”