The Texas Republican has welcomed Elon Musk after he confirmed that he would move his Tesla headquarters from California to the Lone Star State.

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Musk made the announcement Thursday during the annual meeting of shareholders in Austin about the transfer, which had been rumored for several months.

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“Just to be clear, though, we will continue to expand our activities in California. This is not a case of Tesla leaving California,” Musk said. “Our intention is to really increase our production from Fremont [California] and Giga, from Nevada, by 50 percent.”

Musk personally moved from Los Angeles to Austin last year.

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Following Tesla’s announcement, the governor of Texas tweeted a message of support for the move, which began with an emoji of “Texas” and “Tesla” and a handshake between them.

“Elon Musk announces that Tesla’s new headquarters will be relocating to Austin. The Lone Star State is a land of opportunity and innovation. Welcome back,” Abbott tweeted.

Texas Senator ted cruz and congressman Michael McCoula Musk shared the news article of the announcement, tweeting: “Welcome to Texas.”

Abbott’s remarks came after he previously claimed in an interview with CNBC that Musk “had to pull out of California” because it was too generous, while claiming that the Tesla CEO “constantly tells me that he needs to be in the state”. Social policies like Texas.”

Abbott claimed because Texas introduced a controversial abortion bill that bans the procedure in almost all circumstances after six weeks.

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In response to a clip of the interview, Musk tweeted to CNBC reporter Michael Sheetz: “In general, I believe that the government should rarely impose its will on the people, and while doing so, their cumulative One should aspire to maximize happiness.

“That said, I would prefer to stay out of politics.”

In April 2020, Musk criticized California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders amid the COVID pandemic, referring to the restrictions. as “fascist”.

Musk said during Tesla’s Q1, 2020 earnings call, “To say they can’t leave their house, and they’ll be arrested if they do, is fascist.” “This is not democratic. This is not freedom. Give the people back their divine freedom.”

Elsewhere, Democratic Austin Mayor Steve Adler also issued a statement saying: “We welcome Tesla home!”

“It’s a technology company that creates the clean manufacturing, medium-skill jobs that Austin needs,” Adler said. KXAN.

“We are one of the safest big cities, with a strong innovative, entrepreneurial, environmentally focused culture and Tesla fits right in. Tesla is now a huge part of a community that is passionate about meeting our challenges and creating a magical Works together to enjoy the city.”

Tesla has been contacted for further comment.