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APMORE on Tuesday threw his weight behind Elon Musk’s urge to re-open a California Tesla plant in violation of a county order targeted at suppressing the propagation of coronavirus.
“California should allow Tesla & @elonmusk to open the plant, NOW,” the president tweeted. “It can be done Fast & Safely!”
Musk, the CEO of Tesla, declared on Monday that he would re-open the electric vehicle maker’s plant in Fremont, Calif., inviting authorities to detain him for doing so.
The factory has been closed down since March 23, shortly after California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) mandated a statewide stay-at-home order.
Last week, Newsom declared new guidance permitting some factories to re-open, but stated counties could continue imposing the restriction.
Alameda County chose to keep the plant shuttered, with local officials stating they were negotiating with Tesla.
On May 9, Tesla’s attorneys filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against Alameda County’s stay-at-home order.
Musk tweeted the same day that Tesla would be moving out of California because it was handling the coronavirus.
The Fremont plant started producing cars again over the weekend, The Verge reported.
Trump has been a verbal proponent of re-opening business, despite growing COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, across the country.
Several states have begun taking steps to ramp up their economies despite not meeting the White House’s guidelines, which stress declining cases.