Elon Musk said “there is no way in hell” that Russian President
could lose the war in
, adding: “If he were to back off, he would be assassinated.”
Musk, the chief executive officer of Tesla Inc, made the comments in a forum Monday on X Spaces, part of his X social media platform. The discussions included opponents of a Senate bill that would provide further assistance for Ukraine to continue battling the Russian invasion that began two years ago.
He was joined by Republican senators including Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, JD Vance of Ohio and Mike Lee of Utah, as well as Vivek Ramaswamy, a former Republican presidential candidate, and David Sacks, a co-founder of Craft Ventures LLC.
Musk’s comments came as he agreed with Johnson’s statement that
would not lose in Ukraine. Johnson said those who expect a Ukraine victory were “living in a fantasy world.”
“We gotta kill this thing,” Vance said of the $95 billion measure, which includes $60 billion in assistance for Ukraine as well as funding for Israel, Taiwan, and humanitarian aid for Gaza,
Musk added that he hoped Americans would contact their elected representatives about the Ukraine bill. “This spending does not help Ukraine. Prolonging the war does not help Ukraine.”
The Senate continued work on the late Monday night, and it was expected to pass. The Biden administration and US allies view the aid for Ukraine as upholding a commitment to a democratic nation as well as a deterrent to Putin and other adversaries.