Recode's Kara Swisher on Elon Musk's threat to move Tesla's headquarters


Recode’s Kara Swisher joins “Squawk Alley” to discuss Elon Musk’s push to reopen its Alameda County facility.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin backed Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday, telling CNBC that California should help the company reopen its plant there amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I agree with Elon Musk. He’s one of the biggest employers and manufacturers in California, and California should prioritize doing whatever they need to do to solve those health issues so that he can open quickly and safely,” Mnuchin said on “Squawk on the Street.”

Tesla’s Fremont, California, plant has been closed since March 23 due to shelter-in-place orders, but the company is pushing to resume production. A rush to return has been met with heavy resistance from local authorities. Musk threatened Saturday to pull Tesla out of California amid a dispute with Alameda County over the shutdown. Tesla also filed a lawsuit against the county, asking a federal court to invalidate orders by local authorities that have prevented the automaker from resuming production.

“They’re going to find that if he’s threatened he’s going to move his production to a different state,” Mnuchin said.

Scott Haggerty, supervisor for the Fremont district of Alameda County, told the New York Times on Saturday that the county and Tesla executives were working on a plan to restart the plant May 18, when several automakers in Michigan plan to reopen. But Musk pushed for an earlier date.

Tesla said its Fremont factory is critical national infrastructure and that it falls under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s essential workforce guidelines. It also released a list of safety and health protocols that it would follow while working during the pandemic.

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  1. so i search this lady because she interviewed Elon before and sounded stupid and doesn't really listen, wow – she talks like she is an expert here.

    No wonder media gets a bad rep. Here is her interview in 2018 and she how dumb she is.

  2. Kara Swisher? If you've never heard her crash and burn at actually talking to Elon in person, here's your chance. Comical you would her in front of a camera offering commentary.

  3. Elon is kind of like the Trump of technology but with more innovation, substance and competence. But unhinged and unstable nonetheless.

  4. Did she infer that Tesla did not issue safety plans and a ventilator shift? Where is she getting her information?

  5. She must have got high, & forgot she had an interview. Lmao 😂 😂
    Just a weirdo with sunglasses on indoors 😆

  6. Kara hates "cis white males". Despite having ZERO knowledge on the topic, this illiberal didn't want to miss a chance to kick someone while they are down with their hands tied by despotic public officials.

  7. Kara is pure CRINGE. She is not a subject matter expert. Nothing but a useless & divisive authoritarian with no grasp on reality.

  8. Musk is a mini-me Trump, deluded, ignorant, arrogant, self centred, a legend in his own mind! But in America you can get away with ANYTHING if you have money, look at Trump!

  9. Elon and Tesla has prepared huge guidelines for their manufacturing plant on how to operate safely, they are plenty prepared, ppe, disinfectant, 6ft distancing while at work etc etc, he has been proactive for a few weeks now but was ignored.

  10. We start FAST a Robotics and AI manufacturing System free of any human and politicial influence and pressure. "No human – No problem" Stalin. Future Managment CEOs will be AI computers and Software – based on Ships in the Pacific- tax free…

  11. Not sure why Kara. Everytime I listen to her interviews, the quality is typically low. Not much intellectual. The same this time. If you don't pay attention to the event, why come here talk publicly.

  12. What’s recode? Swisher is terrible and thinks she is some kinda of hipster star and not a washed up journalist that no one cares about….she probably likes her own articles.

  13. Could you have found a more ignorant person to interview? She went on and on about Elon's tweets and then say's about a tweet, "I don't know, I don't pay much attention to them". She actually believes it is OK for Almeda County health officials to keep 10'000 unemployed because they don't like Elon and his tweets? This is just more Fake & Biased News.

  14. This girl is so annoying …we dont care what you think …thank god for elon .. and not liberl #$% like you kara

  15. When Elon threatened to move out of California, the first question I had was " I wonder what Karen thinks of this?"

  16. I still don't understand why Kara Swisher is a thing. She didn't even know Tesla has safety protocols in place which they have published and they have experience with the plant in Shanghai. The female reporter even pushed her on this. Kara is the worst

  17. Moving is not easy. But if they irritate Musk too much, he may do so. In case you trade in TSLA, I share my analysis for tomorrow.
    My weekend assessment was also true


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