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President Trump’s Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson received some surprising support on Tuesday when Tesla and SpaceX head Elon Musk tweeted in his favor.

Musk tweeted that he agreed with an article by The Economist that argued that the former Exxon Mobile CEO had the “integrity to talk sense into” President Trump.

“Rex is an exceptionally competent executive, understands geopolitics and knows how to win for his team. His team is now the USA,” Musk wrote in one tweet.

He added that he believed Tillerson “should be given the benefit of the doubt unless his actions prove otherwise.”

In December, Musk joined a group of tech leaders for a sit-down meeting with Trump, and he is also one of 18 members of Trump’s Strategic and Policy forum.

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