Elon Musk: Rex Tillerson could be an 'excellent' secretary of state

Danielle Muoio Jan. 24, 2017, 5:01 PM

Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave a surprising endorsement for Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO, for secretary of state. 

Musk tweeted that Tillerson has the potential to be an "excellent" secretary of state in reply to an Economist article published in December titled, "Give Rex a chance."

"Rex is an exceptionally competent executive, understands geopolitics and knows how to win for his team. His team is now the USA," Musk said on Twitter.

Musk acknowledged that his endorsement may be "surprising" on Twitter. Considering Tesla makes zero-emissions vehicles and recently made a big investment in solar energy, surprising may be somewhat of an understatement.

Musk pointed out on Twitter that Tillerson, a former climate change denier, has said the best way to cut greenhouse gas emissions is with a carbon tax, something they are aligned on.

Tillerson narrowly won approval by the Republican-led Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Tillerson would be the first Secretary of State without experience in the public sector if he is confirmed by the full Senate.