Replying to a tweet from The Economist praising Tillerson's "integrity to talk sense to his boss," Musk said he concurs.
@TheEconomist This may sound surprising coming from me, but I agree with The Economist. Rex Tillerson has the potential to be an excellent Sec of State.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 24, 2017
When Bloomberg reporter Dana Hull asked him to explain, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO suggested Tillerson be given the benefit of the doubt and said Rex "knows how to win for his team. His team is now the USA."
When Musk quoted Tillerson from his confirmation hearing acknowledging the risk of climate change and suggesting action, climate scientist Michael E. Mann chimed in.
After Musk responded by denying the existence of owls, Mann continued, "You are a hero to so many climate activitists [sic] Elon. Please don't lend your imprimatur to an ExxonMobil-driven foreign policy." Musk repeated the sentiment about giving Tillerson a chance, and Mann responded that that strategy hasn't worked so well with Trump.
Finally, Musk got to the point hours after his initial endorsement of Rex Tillerson, citing mutual support for a carbon tax. "This is what is really needed to move the needle," Musk tweeted.
Judging by the countless replies to Musk's tweets, it's clear his position is causing a lot of concern among his followers. Since the Tillerson tweets, though, Musk has moved on to tweeting about a safer (some might say "boring," get it?) topic about a new tunnel – something that's sure to excite his ardent fans.