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Elon Musk Calls UN’s Bluff After It Asks Him to Donate $6 Billion to ‘Solve World Hunger’

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has responded to a United Nations official who demanded a portion of his fortune in the name of saving millions from imminent starvation.

SO WHAT

Who do you trust less: Big Tech or world government?

WHAT HAPPENED

In an interview on CNN’s “Connect the World” last Tuesday, U.N. World Food Program director David Beasley called on ultra-wealthy Americans — namely, Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla and Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon — to “step up” and donate $6 billion “to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them.”

Beasley said a “perfect storm of conflict, climate change and COVID” has created a “one-time crisis” that required intervention by the billionaires, whose fortunes have grown during the pandemic.

  • “The world’s in trouble and you’re telling me you can’t give me 0.36% of your net worth increase to help the world in trouble, in times like this?” he said. “What if it was your daughter starving to death? What if it was your family starving to death? Wake up, smell the coffee, and help.”

THE RESPONSE

In response to a “fact check” of Beasley’s comments by researcher Eli David, Musk tweeted Sunday that if the World Food Program could explain how it would use $6 billion to solve world hunger, he would “sell Tesla stock right now and do it.”

Beasley jumped in to clarify that the money would not solve world hunger, “but it WILL prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation.”

  • After Musk asked for “current & proposed spending in detail so people can see exactly where money goes,” Beasely suggested they meet in person so that he could “bring the plan, and open books.”
  • In a since-deleted reply, Musk shared a 2015 article detailing allegations that children had been forced to give U.N, officials oral sex in exchange for food.

Many Twitter users sided with Musk.

SAME ENERGY

Musk last month slammed a proposal by progressive Democrats that would tax billionaires’ wealth to fund a safety-net expansion, suggesting entrepreneurs could make better user of their own money.

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