Donald Trump calls himself a “stable genius,” which happens to be the name of a just-released book by two of The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize winners, national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker. The three-year effort examines whether the people closest to the president think he is a stable genius. So when the president begins to speak in a disjointed manner, the nation notices.
Wednesday, the president said that the electric car developer Elon Musk was one of the world’s “great geniuses,” according to CNBC. Then, he compared Musk and SpaceX aerospace industry to that of Thomas Edison’s. Of course, the original (Nikola) Tesla was perhaps Edison’s greatest rival.
The president spoke with Squawk Box co-host Joe Kernen from the World Economic Forum while POTUS was in Davos, Switzerland. Trump said:
‘Musk is “one of our great geniuses, and we have to protect our genius. You know, we have to protect Thomas Edison and we have to protect all of these people that came up with originally the light bulb and the wheel and all of these things. And he’s one of our very smart people and we want to cherish those people.’
POTUS was enthralled with Musk’s company SpaceX, and all about what he has accomplished with rockets that land themselves. The SaceX company is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company. Musk founded it in 2002, and the headquarters are Hawthorne, California.
Trump continued with the interview in Switzerland:
‘You go back a year and they were talking about the end of the company. And now all of a sudden they’re talking about these great things. ‘I spoke to him very recently, and he’s also doing the rockets. He likes rockets. And he does good at rockets, too, by the way. I never saw where the engines come down with no wings, no anything, and they’re landing. I said I’ve never seen that before.’
Musk said that he considered Tesla and Edison role models. Yet, of the two men, he preferred Edison.
Tesla’s stock has doubled since late September 2019, and it was worth approximately $100 billion. He did better than Ford and General Motors together. Yet, it had not been an easy road for the inventer who thought outside of the traditional American carmakers’ box. It took a lot of money to get to this point.
On August 7, 2018, Musk tweeted a welcome:
Even so, Musk’s inventive company bottomed out. This is the point when many business owners quit from either a lack of funds or discouragement. Suddenly, the decline turned around and shot way back up. This was a perfect example of the light after a storm.
On Musk’s Tesla site, the big thinker’s bio said:
‘Previously, Elon co-founded and sold PayPal, the world’s leading Internet payment system, and Zip2, one of the first internet maps and directions services, which helped bring major publishers like the New York Times and Hearst online.’
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