“I think it was a morally bad decision, to be clear, and foolish in the extreme,” he said during a live interview at a Future of the Car event hosted by the Financial Times.
Trump’s account was permanently banned in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Many Republican politicians and right-wing pundits cheered Musk’s plan to buy Twitter, saying he could do away with what they call “censorship” on the site.
Musk earlier denied that he has talked to the former president, tweeting in response to a media report that he has had “no communication, directly or indirectly, with Trump, who has publicly stated that he will be exclusively on Truth Social.”
Trump has said that he won’t rejoin Twitter even if he is allowed, though some of his advisers say he wouldn’t be able to stay away.