President Trump joined the founder of Tesla in calling on the Californian authorities to “now” open a factory in Fremont.
Tesla’s CEO, Ilon Mask, is ignoring orders from the California authorities to stop the spread of the coronavirus with the support of President Donald Trump. Mask’s actions have sparked a wave of criticism on the social networks.
President Trump sided with Mask as he tweeted on Tuesday morning that state authorities should allow Tesla to open a plant in the San Francisco area despite orders from the local health department to temporarily close the plant. “California must allow Tesla and Ilona Mask to open the plant, NOW. It can be done quickly and safely,” the president wrote, joining many of Musk’s 34 million Twitter followers who support the business.
Among the most fierce critics of the Mask is Lorena Gonzalez, a California lawmaker who attacked the CEO of Tesla after he threatened to move all the company’s operations to Texas or Nevada. Gonzalez said the company does not care about the safety of employees and intimidates state authorities.
The California-based Tesla plant opened on Monday, despite the possibility that state authorities may arrest Mask for disobeying a cease and desist decree over the threat of coronavirus proliferation. The plant continued operations on Tuesday. According to an Alameda County representative, the company on Monday presented a detailed health protection plan for employees, which is being reviewed by the county health department.
The county authorities believe the Tesla plant is not a critical enterprise and are not allowing the company to fully resume operations. On Monday, the Alameda Health Department warned that Tesla was violating district health regulations, expressing hope that the company would comply with the current decree “without coercive measures.
Under California law, health order violators face fines of up to $1,000 per day or 90 days in prison.
The company plant in Fremont, south of San Francisco, was shut down on March 23. The company employs about 10,000 people.