FILE PHOTO: US President Donald Trump and Elon Musk orbit Sagittarius Hall 4 after the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon spacecraft in NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to NASA’s Canaved Space Center International Space Station, NASA , USA May 30, 2020 REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst / Photo file

WASHINGTON – Billionaire Elon Musk made it clear on Thursday that while Twitter wants to lift its permanent ban on former President Donald Trump, that doesn’t mean he supports Trump in the upcoming 2024 presidential campaign.

Musk, the world’s richest man and CEO of Tesla, is trying to make a deal to acquire Twitter.

Musk told a Financial Times conference on Tuesday that Twitter’s decision to ban Trump was “morally bad.”

He followed these remarks in a tweet Thursday night, stressing that he did not support Trump as a presidential candidate.

“While I think a less divisive candidate would be better off in 2024, I still think Trump needs to be reinstated on Twitter,” he said.

Trump said he did not want to return to Twitter, but instead wanted to build his own Truth Social platform.

He was banned permanently on Twitter in January 2021 due to the “risk of further incitement to violence” after the storming of the US Capitol, the company said. Trump is considering running for president again in 2024 after losing his re-election in 2020.

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