US presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has said he wants Elon Musk to become his presidential adviser if he wins. He admires Musk's approach to reorganizing X, formerly known as Twitter.
Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has said he wants Elon Musk to become an adviser if he becomes president. He was in Newton, Iowa, on Friday, campaigning at City Hall. There, he was asked about whom he would want as advisers for his potential presidency, according to The Guardian. Ramaswamy said he wants to have people around, with a “blank fresh impression” who do not “come from within” the government. He stressed that he is enjoying his recent rapprochement with Musk.
“I’ve enjoyed getting to know better, Elon Musk recently, I expect him to be an interesting adviser of mine because he laid off 75% of the employees at Twitter [now X],” NBC reports. “And then the effectiveness actually went up.”
In an earlier interview this month with Fox News, Ramaswamy said of the layoffs: “What [Musk] did at Twitter is a good example of what I want to do with the administrative state[…]Take out the 75% of the dead weight cost, improve the actual experience of what it's supposed to do.”
Ramaswamy has expressed his admiration for Musk before. In February, he actively supported that X was exposing US government interference with the platform before it was bought by Musk. At that time, X began posting so-called “Twitter files.”
“Just as @elonmusk did at Twitter, as president I will release the ‘state action files’ from the federal government – exposing every instance where the feds pressured companies to take constitutionally prohibited actions. Roll that log over & see what crawls out. Won't be pretty,” wrote Ramaswamy at the time.
Since then, the presidential candidate has managed to get Musk's attention. In August, Musk wrote several posts in X that supported Ramaswamy's candidacy for president. “He is a very promising candidate,” he wrote. In addition, the owner of X also appreciates the statements made by Ramaswamy. In one post, the candidate reiterated the values of his campaign, including “God is real,” “There are two genders,” “Human flourishing requires fossil fuels,” and “Reverse racism is racism.” Musk replied: “He states his beliefs clearly.”
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