Just a few days after tech mogul and CEO of Tesla Elon Musk criticized the government’s COVID-19 economic response package, especially its “special interest earmarks”, the company shared that it too received monetary help from the government’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) economic aid.
According to a report on the website Business Insider, the company ‘received certain payroll-related benefits’. The report did not specifically mention which program they benefitted from or how much they got as well.
As of writing, representatives from the company declined to share their comments as requested by Business Insider.
People took Musk’s statements as hypocritical as it criticizes the government but his company benefits from its economic response aid.
Another government stimulus package is not in the best interests of the people imo— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 24, 2020
He tweeted to his followers that the next round of aid is ‘grilled with special interest earmarks’. He’s most likely talking about the aid’s focus on certain industries such as airlines and its attached economies.
“If we do a stimulus at all, it should just be direct payments to consumers,” he added.
According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, however, this isn’t the first time Musk’s company has received aid from the government. Even SpaceX, along Tesla, has received almost $5 billion as aid these past few years.
US lawmakers are currently working on the newest economic stimulus package as the country is hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.