The accusation, presented without evidence or context, was directed at Vern Unsworth, a British cave explorer who recently said Musk's attempt to help the rescue effort was a "PR stunt". "It wouldn't have made the first 50 metres of the cave".
Vernon Unsworth, who led the operation to save the boys stuck in the cave, accused the SpaceX boss of launching a "PR stunt" that never had a chance of working. "Only people in sight were the Thai navy/army guys, who were great". Amidst the horrorshow that is his Twitter account, it was revealed by public accountability organisation ProPublica that Musk donated $40,000 to a donated almost $40,000 to a conservative group focused on ensuring that Republicans control the House of Representatives - perhaps not great optics when you're trying to maintain a look as someone on the frontline of the battle against climate change.
In a separate Twitter thread over the weekend, Musk defended his almost $40,000 donation to PAC Protect The House, a political action committee that aims to preserve Republican control of the House of Representatives. He also told CNN Musk could "stick his submarine where it hurts".
He added that Mr Musk was asked to leave "very quickly" when he arrived.
"We will make [a video] of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo".
Twelve boys and their football coach were rescued from the Tham Luang cave complex by an global team and after a week of intense drama.
The NYT writer said she was dumbfounded by Mr Musk's tweet and called on the billionaire to apologise.
But the head of the rescue mission dismissed the option in favour of sticking with the plan for experienced cave divers to help the boys swim out.
"Mini-sub is ready if needed". The team built a mini submarine dubbed "Wild Boar" (after the name of the team), which they believed could transport the boys to safety.
Musk fired back at this claim, saying the former provincial governor was "not the subject matter expert" and sharing his correspondence with leader of the dive rescue team Richard Stanton.