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Elon Musk says he'll leave Trump advisory councils over Paris climate deal

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says if President Trump ditches the Paris Agreement, he'll ditch him.

On Wednesday morning, it was reported that Trump will likely withdraw the U.S. from the landmark Paris climate agreement, signed by former President Barack Obama in 2015, which commits to reducing carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent within a decade. Later in the day, Musk, a member of Trump's business advisory council and manufacturing jobs initiative, tweeted that he didn'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." A follower asked Musk what he'll do if Trump does leave the agreement, and Musk replied, "Will have no choice but to depart councils in that case." Trump tweeted Wednesday night that he will announce his decision at 3 p.m. Thursday in the White House Rose Garden.

Musk also disagreed with Trump on his travel ban that targeted people from seven Muslim-majority countries, tweeting in February that while he opposed the ban, "advisory councils simply advise and attending does not mean that I agree with actions by the administration."