Musk Slams WSJ Over ‘Utterly False Article’ on Potential Saudi Tesla Gigafactory

While Musk did meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan over the weekend, the Saudi rumor, he said, is false.

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The Wall Street Journal got it wrong Monday with an article claiming Elon Musk was in talks with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to build a Tesla gigafactory in the Middle East country, according to the Tesla CEO.

On Monday, the WSJ reported, “Saudi Arabia is in talks with Tesla about setting up a manufacturing facility there, people familiar with the discussions said, as part of an ambitious push by the kingdom to secure metals needed for electric vehicles and help diversify its economy away from oil.”

The article continued: “The talks are at a very early stage and could fall apart. Any deal could be fraught with complications, given Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk’s contentious relationship with the Saudis as well as the kingdom’s existing partnership with the company’s electric-vehicle rival Lucid Group.”

The problem is: the story wasn’t exactly true.

While Musk did meet with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan over the weekend, the Saudi rumor, he said, is false.

“Yet another utterly false article from WSJ,” responded Musk on X (formerly Twitter) Monday, along with a screenshot of the page.

Much backlash ensued on social media after Musk exposed the fake news.

The WSJ does not appear to have added a correction to their article, and it still remains live.

Musk met with Erdogan at Turkish House in New York Monday, where the Turkish president asked the Tesla CEO to consider Turkey as its next location for a gigafactory.

According to Reuters, Erdogan told Musk he’s also “cooperation on artificial intelligence and Starlink,” the satellite internet service powered by Musk’s other company SpaceX.

Musk has reportedly in the past floated Turkey as a possible gigafactory location because Tesla already gets much of its materials from Turkish suppliers, and he has also entertained the notion of offering Starlink in the country.

While in New York, Erdogan will also attend the 78th session of the U.N. General Assembly.

Musk will also meet with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and OpenAI CEO Greg Brockman in California Monday to discuss artificial intelligence.

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