The Tesla and SpaceX CEO defended his attendance at Trump’s business council — again.

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to explain, again, why he is continuing to attend meetings of President Donald Trump’s business council.

His argument: Going to the meetings doesn’t mean he endorses Trump’s policies, and it gives him a chance to try influence Trump.

At my request, the agenda for yesterday’s White House meeting went from not mentioning the travel ban to having it be first and foremost

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2017

In addition, I again raised climate. I believe this is doing good, so will remain on council & keep at it. Doing otherwise would be wrong.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2017

This is the same argument Musk made in advance of Friday’s meeting, which included CEOs of companies including General Motors, Pepsi and J.P. Morgan.

Regarding the meeting at the White House:

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 3, 2017

No word yet on what happened as a result of climate change discussions on Friday. But it seems as if Trump’s mind remained unchanged on the travel ban.

This morning, Trump took to Twitter to rail against a federal judge in Washington state who blocked the travel ban (in a suit supported by Amazon and Microsoft):

The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017

Interesting that certain Middle-Eastern countries agree with the ban. They know if certain people are allowed in it’s death & destruction!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017

When a country is no longer able to say who can, and who cannot , come in & out, especially for reasons of safety &.security – big trouble!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017

Musk’s “attendance doesn’t equal agreement” argument hasn’t swayed everyone.

Earlier this week, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick dropped out of Trump’s council, arguing that one, people thought Uber was endorsing Trump’s policies and two, he disagrees with Trump’s policies, particularly the travel ban.

Disney CEO Bob Iger didn’t show up to Friday’s meeting, either. But in his case, his company cited a schedule conflict.

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