Owing to some recent comments that I heard concerning President-Elect Donald Trump possibly coming down hard on Tesla Motors once he takes office, I figured it was worth posting a note here … Trump apparently owns a Tesla (amongst a great many other cars, no doubt).
That assertion stems from the fact that his campaign told the Washington Post last year that a Tesla was one of two American-made cars that Trump owned. And that would figure, wouldn’t it? Why wouldn’t he own one? A Tesla is a rich person’s car, after all, and is often a fairly important status symbol.
Does any of this actually matter? Maybe. Personally, I’m skeptical that, being familiar with the company, that Trump will do anything at all directly in relation to Tesla. The company’s pioneering offerings (which are American-made) have already made a name for themselves, as evidenced by the number of $1,000 reservations placed for the Model 3. It seems very unlikely that much will change with regard to the regulatory environment that Tesla operates in.
The recent appointment of Tesla CEO Elon Musk to Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum seems to suggest that this is the case … or maybe not. Who knows? With how mercurial Trump seems to be, and how much he seems to delegate, the appointment may well mean nothing at all.
Oh, the other American-made car that Trump owns? It’s a Cadillac Escalade. Which would figure, I guess. I wonder what he would say to getting one of the Lucid Motors Air sedans that were unveiled recently? Somebody should tweet him an image of the back seats. …
As far as the Tesla, some have speculated it’s a Model S, but most reports seem to assume it’s a Roadster. Of course, we haven’t actually seen evidence he does have a Tesla, so who knows if the rumor is actually true?
Thinking about it, though, it’s interesting that the two auto execs appointed to the jobs panel mentioned above (GM CEO Mary Barra and Tesla’s Elon Musk) are actually the CEOs of the companies that made the two American-made cars that he owns. I assume that’s not by chance.