Elon Musk celebrated the first ‘all civilian’ space launch last week by his company SpaceX, but the lack of a response from US president Joe Biden means he isn’t on cloud nine.

The four tourists launched into space from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday night, orbiting the planet for three days before landing safely back on Earth on Saturday.

Inspiration4 follows launches from fellow billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, who both entered space in July.

After news broke of Saturday’s successful splashdown, Musk tweeted: “Congratulations @Inspiration4x!”

However, one person who is yet to say the same is Biden – probably because he’s busy running the country or something.

As a result, the Tesla founder employed a pejorative phrase often uttered by Trump and his fellow Republicans to poke fun at the president.

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Musk was responding to a tweet posted by an account named ‘Electric Cyberfarmer’, who wrote on Sunday: “The President of the United States has refused to even acknowledge the four newest American astronauts who helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for St Jude. What’s your theory on why that is?”

“He’s still sleeping,” Musk replied.

The frank response has been praised or met with agreement by some:

While for others, it only prompted further criticism of the businessman:

Personally, we think Joe will respond eventually – he’s just Biden his time...

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