U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin backed Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday, telling CNBC that California should help Tesla reopen its plant there in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I agree with Elon Musk. He is one of California’s largest employers and manufacturers, and California should prioritize everything they need to do to fix these health issues so that he can open quickly and securely, “said Mnuchin on” Squawk on the Rue. “
Tesla’s plant in Fremont, California has been closed since March 23 due to orders for shelters there, but the company is working to resume production. However, he encountered strong resistance from local authorities. Musk threatened Saturday to remove Tesla from California in the middle of a county dispute over the closure. Tesla also filed a lawsuit against the California county of Alameda, asking a federal court to cancel orders from local authorities that prevented the automaker from resuming production.
“They will discover that if threatened, he will move his production to a different state,” said Mnuchin.
The automaker has stated that its Fremont plant is essential national infrastructure and that it falls under essential labor directives from Governor Gavin Newsom. He also published a list of health and safety protocols he would follow while working during a pandemic.