Elon Musk's tweets on tariffs 'very interesting'

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has waded into President Donald Trump's battle over America's trade deficit with China, launching a tweetstorm seeking to push the debate into a direction of extreme interest to the Palo Alto electric auto maker. First, he explained to the president how the USA places a 2.5 percent tariff on cars imported to the U.S. from China, while China places a 25 percent tariff on United States imports.

The company had raised the issue with the prior U.S. administration, Musk added, but nothing had happened. Just want a fair outcome, ideally where tariffs/rules are equally moderate. "Nothing more. Hope this does not seem unreasonable", he wrote.

Later on Thursday, Trump defied opposition from the Republican party and protests from global allies as he signed orders imposing stiff and sweeping new tariffs on imported steel (25 per cent) and aluminium (10 per cent).

Trump Administration officials said that policy could become official this week. "We just want fairness". In a recent statement on NASA and America's space initiatives, the US President candidly referred to Musk and SpaceX's recent milestones. Nobody has seen it before, where they're saving the boosters. According to individuals who claim to have direct knowledge of the matter, Tesla and Shanghai officials have disagreed about the ownership of the proposed electric auto factory. They came back without wings or without anything, they landed so beautifully'. On Twitter, Musk complained this was unfair since there are "five 100 (per cent) China-owned EV auto companies in the US". "They landed so beautifully", Trump added.

Tesla has been pushing hard to build cars in China, the world's largest automotive market, but has hit roadblocks in negotiations with local authorities, in part because Musk is keen to keep full control of any local venture.

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No word on whether Trump responded to Musk via Twitter's direct message feature.

CNBC notes that the Tesla electric semis pictured leaving the Gigafactory both have side-view mirrors, which is different than the prototype that was unveiled late a year ago.

He added that "when China or another country charges us 50 percent tariffs - more than that in some cases - and we charge them nothing, that's not fair". "They send their vehicle over here, 2.5%".

Most large USA vehicle companies already have manufacturing facilities in China, along with large sales. Musk wrote. "Meaning, same import duties, ownership constraints & other factors". Musk previously served on Trump's advisory council.

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