Vice President Kamala Harris refrained from commenting on two contentious issues — TikTok regulation and Elon Musk’s promotion of an antisemitic conspiracy — despite the White House’s previous strong stances on both matters.
During an interview at The New York Times’ annual DealBook summit, Harris was asked about TikTok by CNBC Squawk Box host Andrew Ross Sorkin, Harris declined to express a specific view, stating firmly:
“I’m not commenting.”
When pressed by Ross Sorkin, who mentioned the White House’s condemnation of Musk’s statement, Harris maintained:
“I have nothing to say.”
This reticence stands in contrast to the White House’s proactive approach to both TikTok and Musk. The administration supports a bill in Congress that would grant the president the authority to ban TikTok due to national security concerns.
Elon Musk faced criticism for replying to an antisemitic conspiracy theory on X, but during his DealBook interview, he apologized for the tweet, describing it as potentially the “dumbest” post he had made.
The White House had condemned Musk’s initial statement, denouncing the promotion of antisemitic and racist hate.
Despite these condemnations, the Biden administration acknowledged the importance of Tesla and SpaceX technology to U.S. national security, with the Pentagon commissioning contracts with Musk’s companies for military applications, including use in the conflict in Ukraine.