Amy Klobuchar says she doesn’t trust Elon Musk at helm of Twitter
She says she’s not certain he’s “really in control” of Twitter
On Monday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, announced that she was canceling an in-person fundraiser she was hosting for Elon Musk. The event had been scheduled to take place in mid-January, the same time that Musk announced a round of funding for Space X, a launch system for rockets, and the company’s plans for the development of a manned mission to the moon.
Klobuchar had planned to discuss her work for government regulations on autonomous vehicles, which she has been a tireless advocate for. She even has a name for the field: “autopilot.” So why wasn’t she going to talk about that?
“I didn’t know anything about it,” she told The Huffington Post in a phone interview.
Indeed, when Klobuchar did start digging into this issue earlier this year, she found that a lot of people were calling these vehicles “autopilots.” In her official capacity as a senator, she took a look at it.
“That was really interesting because I’d never seen anything like it,” she said, explaining that the way she sees it, a vehicle is an “autopilot when it can do what people are asking it to do — and not what they say they’re asking it to do.”
Klobuchar says she’s not certain that Musk is as good of a driver as he seems to be.
“I just don’t know that he is really in control,” she said. “I don’t have that sense from him; he’s only known Musk as Mr. Tesla, and I know Elon as a very private person, quite reserved and quiet. I don’t think he’s going to let anything happen that he doesn’t have his own vision of.”
The senator also wasn’t sure whether or not these vehicles are safer than regular cars.
“I don’t know,” she said. “I’m sure they are, but I’m not sure that they are. I haven’t read anything that really says there can’t be issues. We need to read it and make sure.”
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