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No social niceties as Trump, Musk clash

Donald Trump has ratcheted up attacks on Elon Musk, after the Tesla CEO said the former US president was too old to stand for office again and needed to “sail into the sunset”.

Trump said Musk would have “begged” him for government subsidies, in a message on his own social media app Truth Social.

“When Elon Musk came to the White House asking me for help on all of his many subsidized projects, whether it’s electric cars that don’t drive long enough, driverless cars that crash, or rocketships to nowhere, without which subsidies he’d be worthless and tell me how he was a big Trump fan and Republican, I could have said, “drop to your knees and beg,” and he would have done it,” Trump wrote.

In response, Musk tweeted, “Lmaooo” – shorthand for “laughing my ass off”.

“I don’t hate the man,” Musk said on Monday. “But it’s time for Trump to hang up his hat & sail into the sunset.”

Musk, who previously said he was leaning towards supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for president in 2024, said DeSantis would easily defeat President Joe Biden in the election.

Musk’s remarks were in response to comments Trump made at a political rally on Saturday where he called Musk a “bull***t artist” for claiming he had never voted Republican until this June.

“He told me he voted for me,” Trump said.

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