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Elon Musk mocks Joe Biden following SpaceX’s maiden all-civilian mission

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After SpaceX successfully completed a historic, private spaceflight on Saturday, CEO Elon Musk fired a jab at President Joe Biden, who had not to express his gratitude for the company’s and the civilian flight crew’s achievements at the time of the mission.

One of Musk’s 60 million followers on the social media platform Twitter put forward the following question to him:

“The President of the United States has refused to even acknowledge the 4 newest American astronauts who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for St. Jude. What’s your theory on why that is?”

Musk replied,

“He’s still sleeping.”

As previously reported by Purely.ng, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship has returned to Earth after a successful mission. After three days in space, the capsule returned the four participants of the Inspiration4 expedition to the surface of the planet.

The Inspiration4 mission had a number of major objectives, one of which was to generate $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By Saturday, it had raised a total of $160.2 million. Musk announced a personal contribution of $50 million after Inspiration4 was successful, bringing the campaign’s total raised to $210 million. Musk was clearly pleased with the outcome.

A request for comment from the White House and SpaceX did not receive a response immediately.

NASA’s top officials have thanked Musk and SpaceX on the successful completion of the Inspiration4 mission. SpaceX’s opponents recognised the achievement as well, with commendations from Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Blue Origin, and Musk’s peer and rival Jeff Bezos being posted on social media.

This was the first private SpaceX spaceflight, and it was the first time a non-professional crew flew into space. The mission also included the first Black woman to fly a spacecraft, the youngest American to ever become an astronaut, and the first person to ever go in space while wearing a prosthetic leg.

Although Musk recently stated that he “would prefer to stay out of politics,” his quip on Sunday indicated a willingness to needle the Democratic president and repeat a right-wing taunt about Biden.

During his presidential campaign in 2020, former President Donald Trump repeatedly ridiculed then-candidate Joe Biden, referring to him as “Sleepy Joe.”

More recently, Trump sent Biden mocking well-wishes ahead of a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in June. During the meeting, he remarked in an e-mailed statement, “Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin— don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my deepest compliments!” he added.

SpaceX has a positive working relationship with the federal government in most cases. It just secured a $2.89 billion contract to build NASA’s next crewed lunar lander, beating over Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Leidos subsidiary Dynetics, and it has already carried 10 astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) for the agency so far this year.

However, the Department of Justice is also looking into allegations that SpaceX discriminated against job applicants based on their citizenship status. This investigation began during the Trump administration and is expected to last for several months.

Besides his responsibilities as CEO of SpaceX, Musk also serves as the CEO of Tesla, a company that produces electric vehicles. In addition, Tesla provides components to SpaceX.

According to his official position, he recently expressed displeasure with a Biden administration proposal that would provide an additional $4,500 in incentives to buyers of certain new electric light-duty passenger cars. One requirement of the idea is that electric vehicles be manufactured in the United States by union workers.

Tesla is the only major U.S. automaker whose production is not unionised, despite the fact that the business already has a battery facility in Nevada and a vehicle assembly plant in California, with another one under development outside of Austin, Texas.

Musk said, on Twitter on September 12, of the proposal:

“This is written by Ford/UAW lobbyists, as they make their electric car in Mexico. Not obvious how this serves American taxpayers.”

Tesla’s popular Model 3 electric sedan took first position in Cars.com’s annual American Made Index for 2021, and its crossover Model Y came in third place, according to the rankings.

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Written by Babatunde Okerayi

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