Elon Musk said that he'd have "no choice" but to leave the advisory councils of President Donald Trump should the administration decide to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In a series of tweets, the Tesla and SpaceX magnate said that he has done "all I can" to sway Trump against a decision that would isolate the United States from the global effort to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "Don't know which way Paris will go, but I've done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain," Musk tweeted Thursday. When asked what he'd do if Trump did indeed pull out of the agreement, Musk tweeted that he'd "have no choice but to depart councils in that case." Musk had previously stated that he was "cautiously optimistic" that the president would remain in the accord after speaking with Trump in early May.
An angry Donald Trump removed a senior advisor after his wife demanded her sacking, with more heads set to roll in a White House reshuffle triggered by infighting and setbacks in the midterm elections. Aides said Mira Ricardel clashed with First Lady Melania Trump's staff over her visit to Africa last month. Yet it is highly unusual for a first lady or her office to weigh in on personnel matters, especially the president's national security staff. The protocol-busting move followed a falling out that press leaks say was partly linked to a dispute over seating arrangements on the plane that took the first lady for a tour of African countries in October. Ricardel was also reportedly blamed for negative news coverage of Melania Trump.
Playing a prominent supporting role on the president's multi-leg Asia visit, she gained traction on Chinese social media with netizens comparing her with China's glamorous first lady Peng Liyuan and remarking on the apparent ease with which she navigated the ancient cobblestones of the Forbidden City in super-high stilettos upon their arrival in Beijing on Wednesday.