Trump Appoints Elon Musk to Strategic & Policy Forum

Elon Musk (Credit: SpaceX)
Elon Musk (Credit: SpaceX)

NEW YORK (Trump Transition PR) — President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced that three additional members will join the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum: Travis Kalanick, CEO and Co-founder of Uber Technologies; Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla; and Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo.

Earlier this month, President-elect Trump established the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum and announced an initial round of 16 members. The Forum, which is composed of some of America’s most highly respected and successful business leaders, will be called upon 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, Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone.

“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,” said President-elect Trump. “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.”

Members of the Forum will be charged with providing their individual views to the President — informed by their unique vantage points in the private sector — on how government policy impacts economic growth, job creation and productivity. The Forum is designed to provide direct input to the President from many of the best and brightest in the business world in a frank, non-bureaucratic and non-partisan manner.

With today’s announcement of three additional members, the individuals on the Forum now 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;
  • Travis Kalanick, CEO and Co-founder, Uber Technologies;
  • 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;
  • Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO, SpaceX and Tesla
  • Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo;
  • 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;

Background on the Additional Members of the Forum Announced Today

Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO, SpaceX and Tesla. Elon Musk co-founded Tesla Motors in 2003. As Chairman and CEO of that company, he oversees Tesla’s product strategy — including the design, engineering and manufacturing of more and more affordable electric vehicles for mainstream consumers. Mr. Musk also serves as Chairman and CEO of SpaceX, which he founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology. SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. Prior to Tesla and SpaceX, Mr. Musk started the Internet companies Zip2 and PayPal. Mr. Musk received a B.A. in physics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Travis Kalanick, CEO and Co-Founder Uber Technologies. Travis Kalanick is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of Uber. A Los Angeles native, he learned to code in middle school and studied engineering at UCLA. When he was still a student, Travis founded Scour, the first peer-to-peer search engine. He went on to start Red Swoosh, which was acquired by Akamai Technologies in 2007. In 2008 Travis and Garrett Camp dreamt of being able to get a ride at the push of a button on their smartphones. They soon made that dream a reality when they launched Uber, a global ridesharing service that has revolutionized the way people move, work and live in more than 450 cities and 80 countries around the world.

Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo. Indra Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. PepsiCo’s main businesses include Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola. With more than $63 billion in annual net revenue, and more than $35 billion in the United States alone, PepsiCo makes hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo is the largest Food and Beverage Company in the US, with approximately 110,000 employees and 100 manufacturing plants across the country. Its employees are based in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. She holds a B.S. from Madras Christian College, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta and an M.P.P.M. from Yale University.

  • DJN

    Very smart and I hope good for new space

  • ThomasLMatula

    I guess President elect Trump is not holding it against Elon Musk that he opposed him.

  • President elect Trump is a fraud and a fake, a deep cover commie and he and his supporters are about to get an American wake up call on December 19th.

  • ThomasLMatula

    I guess you didn’t get the Memo. Russia isn’t communist anymore 🙂

    Vladimir Putin’s philosophy is known as the Fourth Political Theory. If you are going to make political comments you need to keep up with the literature.

    I know, I shouldn’t feed the trolls…

  • So you say. I’ll be rubbing Republican Commies into your red commie faces right up until December 19th. So get used to it.

    Vladimir Putin was and still is a Soviet era KGB agent, you know that, right? He inherited his position from the Soviets. He’s KGB.

    And that makes you just another ordinary American communist.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Republican Commies… Thanks, I needed a good laugh 🙂

  • American Red White Trash Commies.

    In America! Frank assured me it could not happen here.

  • Tom Billings

    To focus on the actual activity reported in the article, rather than preconceived views about the actors involved, would be useful. Apparently Musk has agreed to serve in this advisory forum. It will meet for the first time sometime in February. The real question is, will it be compatible enough with Republican interests, and obviously productive enough in advancing national interests, to meet a second, third, and perhaps eventually a tenth time between now and January of 2021.

    The answer must, at present, be, …maybe. Whatever the leanings of the individuals involved on particular issues, a serious insistence seems to be developing that we insulate our economy from short-term impacts of Middle East uproar. The only differences will be which strategy is best for doing this. While some individuals back one strategy or another, I seem to see a pattern of anti-industrial policy as the starting point of any strategy, all too common in many NGOs and campus “studies” centers, being excluded.

    This is a relief to me. I hope that is validated in the next 4 years. While it does not exemplify the anti-academic tone of those voting Republican this year, the current Forum membership does nothing to boost the influence of academia.

    Similarly, some hope can be sustained that people in the Forum will find accepting the growth of freedoms of action for commercial enterprises in Space. How far some of them will go towards neglecting the power of committee chairs in Congress to make voters dependent on them is uncertain. Certainly, while Musk has defied those Chairs when he felt the need to, others have cooperated deeply enough to exemplify subservience to them when their contracts were at stake. Musk, however, seems the sole representative of the aerospace industry in this Forum. I would have been happy to see Bezos there as well, but given the relationship between the 2 it was one or the other. and given Bezos’s attitudes towards Trump in addition, it was Musk that would get the nod.

    May their counsel be sooth!

  • Jacob Samorodin

    Elon must have kissed Trump’s ring. Elon will now sell fragrances named after him in the Trump Tower.

  • What a relief, to the anti-science crank named Tom Billings.

  • Vladislaw

    The author of that book, the Fourth Poltical Theory, was Alexander Dugin. He did an article about Trump’s win. Did you happen to read it?

    “Trump’s victory shows that there are two Americas today, or rather, two versions of the United States: Clinton’s America and Trump’s America. Trump’s America is traditional and conservative, healthy, and worthy of respect. This America said a resounding “no” to globalism and the expansion of liberal ideology. This is the real America, the America of realism which has chosen its president and not succumbed to the false propaganda of the globalist liberal media. This means more than just complete default for almost all major networks and large information corporations, besides The Los Angeles Times which, against all the rest, confidently predicted Trump’s victory. This means the emergence of a new information sphere, a symbol of which is Alex Jones’ Infowars, which has turned into the most powerful resource of true information in the US and whose audience has rapidly grown to 20,000,000 in a matter of days and bypassed the big-budget channels. This is not only the power of belief, this is the power of truth. In insisting that the truth does matter, Alex Jones expresses the position of real America, that America which saw its full representative in Trump. More than half of the US population believes only in itself, not the lying liberal globalist propaganda of the transnational elites. This is brilliant news. Dialogue can be held with this kind of America. Out of the shadows has emerged a second America whose symbolic information resources are now The Los Angeles Times and Alex Jones’ internet television. ”

  • redneck

    So to you anti-science=does not agree with TLF.

    I agree with some of your positions on some matters and disagree with others, but your attitude has me wondering if I need to change my attitude about reading for content instead of personality.

  • When it comes to science, for instance, planetary astrophysics, astrobiology, climate science, theoretical physics, etc.. oh yeah.

    I make judgements. Take them or leave them. I care not.

    In Tom Billings case, the evidence for my judgements are his comments.

  • windbourne

    funny thing is, that blackstone is now owned by a Chinese investment group, that is 100% owned by Chinese gov.
    And the head of trump’s group? Blackstone’s CEO.


  • windbourne

    most on that committee opposed Trump.

  • windbourne

    republican commies?
    That is a good laugh.
    Now, Republican fascists with a strong neo-nazi and KKK bent? Oh yeah.

  • windbourne

    should not be surprising that a putin underling is ecstatic about trump winning.

  • ThomasLMatula

    No, but it’s a view that doesn’t surprise me if he is basing his image of President elect Trump on what he sees in the world media and his view of history. Sadly many foreign observers fail to understand how America works because it is so different to their world view. But then the Democrats also misread America in this election, and are still doing so.

    BTW the National Socialists also cheered when Franklin Roosevelt was elected. They also misread America and we know how that turned out for them 🙂

  • For not being commie lovers, Republicans sure love former KGB agents and their deep cover KGB American president.

  • ThomasLMatula

    I will match your tinfoil hat and raise you two more.

    First, if you kept up with your conspiracy blogs you would know it his wife who is the real KGB agent 🙂

    But of course its the Borg who are actually behind it as they need to make the Earth warmer before their colony ships arrive. That is why global warming must not be stopped 🙂

    Where is Jean-Luc when we need him?

  • Just like science denial will make your beloved nation ultra competitive in a science driven highly technological world, political denial will keep your president from working for your enemies and will preserve protect and defend your constitution.

    Quoting Donald Trump – Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship …

    That’s one presidential oath Donald Trump will never take.

    Donald Trump – the ex presidential elect of the United States of America.

  • windbourne

    if you believe that, then:
    1) why is the electoral college even in play?
    2) why did so many Republicans speak against trump?
    3) why do so many Republicans express concern about everything dealing with trump, but esp. his Russian connections?

    In fact, out of the dems and the GOP, the GOP has expressed a lot more concerns about the Russian connections than have the dems.

  • windbourne

    until definitive proof is shown that Russia directly manipulated our election, then Mr. Trump IS OUR LIKELY PRESIDENTIAL-ELECT.
    Come Dec 19th, he will very likely become Presidential-elect.
    And again, until real proof is shown of Russia’s direct manipulation of the election, then you have no place to make such statements.

    And bear in mind, that I am not a GOP fan since I believe that most Republicans have left that party. BUT, I also support our constitution and laws.

  • ThomasLMatula

    It is amazing how quickly after the election we returned to the 1950’s when everyone saw communists under their beds and the media giants blacklisted and censored those folks they decided were unamerican because they didn’t trust the American public to make up their own minds about what they read.

  • MzUnGu

    I don’t think. that committee have any legal power, it’s just for a high power networking. Money and tax incentives would be the glue that hold it together.

  • therealdmt

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss…

    And so the disruptive innovators become part of the establishment. Not that that’s all bad. We know Musk cares about the environment and is concerned about global warming, and it’s good to know that at least one person like that, a fellow University of Pennsylvania alum to boot, will have the president’s ear, not just coal and oil industry executives and polititicians from states that rely on them. Of course, its just one voice among many…

    Space-wise, I’d think this could only be a good thing. Commercial space officially has a seat at the table.

  • Snofru Chufu

    Yes, including Musk, who visited anti-Trump meetings in order to select “secret” measures to stop Trump. I think it is an intelligent move from Trump: Invite your enemies, listening to them in order to gain insight regarding their thinking.

  • Snofru Chufu

    You are the only fake here, mixed-up Elifritzi.

  • redneck

    So if we have to take or leave your judgement based on nothing but your comments, you must not believe your position is relevant to the real world. If you thought it was important you would attempt at least to persuade others to your viewpoint. But since you don’t believe any of it is that important you can safely be ignored in any decision making.

    I will continue to read your comments without taking any of them seriously since that is your intent.

  • John Halpenny

    He will be on a committee. I’ve been on committees. A few are useful. Many are a place to park people you want to ignore.

    I will wait and see what this one does.


  • The only evidence I have of your existence, or anyone else’s existence here, is through your comments and your comment posting profile if you have one. What you have for me are my comments, which you can safely reject since this is indeed the internet and I do this mostly for entertainment and not persuasion, and in my comment account profile you will find a link to my blog, which contains not only comments, but lots of snark, and also links to scientific publications, and at the bottom of that website you will find a link to my actual website which contains numerous links to my own personal publications and my document repositories, which you are free to peruse, read or ignore. I have graciously provided you with these options to my personal thoughts on science and technology. I can only tell you that some people have made use of the options that I have just described to you.

    Some of those people do include the wealthy and influential, but that is not a prerequisite for their perusal, many are simply curious, or work in science and technology.and public policy.

    When your comments or comment account profile contain links, I am often curious myself and occasionally make use of them.

  • Donald Trump., the so called American president elect, was illegally elected and already has violated the oath that he will be required to take when he will become president. That oath, which requires him to preserve, protect and defend the United States Constitution, he HAS ALREADY VIOLATED.

    Donald Trump may be your personal president elect, but already he is my personal EX-President Elect and is now and will forever remain to me a private United States citizen, with all the protection afforded him by the US constitution.

    Donald Trump will NEVER be my president. That’s a long time.

  • I don’t know what a ‘dem’ is.

  • Vladislaw

    Oh how history would be changed if Roddenberry would have gotten his way

    “Patrick Stewart, who has a background of theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company,[4] was initially considered for the role of Data.[5] Roddenberry did not want to cast Stewart as Picard, since he had envisioned an actor who was “masculine, virile, and had a lot of hair”.”

  • windbourne

    And you know that musk involved himself in such BS how?
    It was not in the media

  • ajp

    Wow. That’s… extreme. I think it’s pretty safe to say that selection bias exists within the journalism community (and likely unconsciously bleeds into the content and delivery of news). It’s the same reason you’re likely to find republican viewpoints from those who sign up for military service – but “lying liberal globalist propaganda”? It’s so sensational and mean spirited. This type of writing only elicits a defensive reflex from those who don’t agree, which is precisely why “compromise” is a 4 letter word in the modern American vernacular.

  • Kapitalist

    I suppose Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post in order to strengthen his political influence. But it disastrously had the opposite effect. He lost the election and is of course black listed. Maybe it is as good that this “genius” does not give advice on space policy. Elon Musk aims at the wrong planet, but at least he has not disqualified himself by taking an extremist and losing political position.

  • Snofru Chufu

    I read it in a political blog some days ago, but please ask me not which. I read so many political stuff/links, but it sounded creditable to me.

  • redneck

    A perfect example of applying the unbiased scientific method to politics. We stand in awe of your brilliance.

  • ThomasLMatula

    It is also probably good in that he will be less tempted to get attached to the NASA tar baby and will be free to focus on commercial markets for his business.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Here is the original report from when it took place.

    At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump

    “Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott
    (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.), who recently made news by saying he “cannot support Donald Trump.”

  • Tom Billings

    Now, Now, …remember that Bezos runs the largest retail store on this planet. We have been living for 8 years in “Chicago, now stretching from Maine to California”, and he adapted to that, just like any Chicago retailer needs to do. To avoid massive numbers of permit inspections and other hassles by government, a wise retailer in Chicago makes donations to the Cook County machine regularly, and puts a sign in his window announcing his fealty to the Cook County Democratic Party. WaPo is Jeff Bezos’ sign in the window. He doesn’t need to end up like Gibson Guitar did. That would close off his chances of going into Space.

    His activities at WaPo have a purpose. His activities at Blue Origin have quite another. We should not confuse the two.

  • Who’s we, you? Actually you’ve been pawned, redneck, because the evidence told me a long time ago that politics, like religion and prayer, don’t work. It’s not real. It’s fake. So I just apply science directly to the problems to take out the middlemen.

    In addition to that, I have created a new political party, since you know, I just demonstrated that politics doesn’t work for you in the real world (just look around at what’s goin down), and that political party, since I am a Bob Lafollette Progressive from Madison, Wisconsin, the home of Progressivism, and Progressivist thoughtI have named it the Progressive Party of the United States of America, a party of science and a party of one. Me. Where I solve problems directly, using science, with scientists. And mathematicians.

    So, redneck, show me your manifesto. I’ve got my own.

    Fortunately, science doesn’t.

  • Snofru Chufu

    Thank you.

  • kmbog

    I’d like to see you provide some sources for this. Blackstone is a publicly traded company on NYSE: BX. I reviewed the stock ownership and the largest holders are the founders and directors along with an assortment investment banks from around the world.

  • windbourne

    There are other links about how various groups that chinese gov owns has been buying into blackstone. That was the first big one.

    It is also why blackstone has a nice 100 million for scholarships in CHINA, not for chinese to come to America.

  • kmbog

    So the investment of 3 billion was made in 2007, nine years ago. At the time that was 9.5 – 12% of the valuation of the company. Not even close to gaining control as you asserted. And again let me remind you that was in 2007.

    At this time the largest 3 institutional investors in Blackstone are:
    ( )
    FMR, LLC 38,780,007 Sep 29, 2016 6.78% 990,053,617
    Morgan Stanley 34,276,573 Sep 29, 2016 5.99% 875,080,942
    JANUS CAPITAL 18,340,389 Sep 29, 2016 3.21% 468,230,149

    Not many Chinese companies there.

    However Ping An an arm of the Central Chinese government are looking at deals with Blackstone, but that does not imply ownership as Blackstone has done many deals with other investment companies such as KKR.