President Donald Trump, it seems, is a fan of Elon Musk. Trump hailed the SpaceX and Tesla CEO in an interview with CNBC's Joe Kernen at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, calling the billionaire tech pioneer a "genius" who ranks up there with Thomas Edison.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/twitter.com\/SquawkCNBC\/status\/1219933340511494146\r\n\r\n"He's one of our great geniuses and we have to protect our genius," Trump said of Musk while discussing Tesla, the electric car maker, with Kernen.\u00a0CNBC posted the video online today\r\n\r\nSpaceX, Musk's private spaceflight company, has also impressed Trump with its regular launches of reusable rockets. The company is also building a new\u00a0Crew Dragon\u00a0space taxi for astronauts, as well as a giant\u00a0Starship\u00a0rocket for trips to the moon and Mars.\r\n\r\n"He likes rockets, and he does good at rockets too, by the way," Trump said. "I never saw \u2014 where the engines come down with no wings, no anything and they're landing \u2014 I said, 'I've never seen that before.'\r\n\r\n"He's one of our very smart people and we want to cherish those people," Trump added. "He's done a very good job."\r\n\r\nTrump also marveled at the success of Tesla, which reached a $100 billion market cap for the first time today,\u00a0according to CNBC.\r\n\r\n"Shocking, how well, how it's come so fast," Trump told Kernen of Tesla's success. "You go a back a year and they were talking about the end of the company, and now all of a sudden, they're talking about these great things."\r\n\r\nTrump also said that he expects Musk and Tesla to build another giant manufacturing plant in the United States.\r\n\r\n"He has to because we help him," Trump said without elaborating what he meant. "And so he has to help us."\r\n\r\nOn Sunday (Jan. 19), SpaceX\u00a0launched a critical in-flight abort flight of its Crew Dragon\u00a0spacecraft to test the spacecraft's emergency escape system to protect astronauts during a rocket emergency. The company plans to launch its fourth batch of Starlink internet satellites on Friday (Jan. 24).\r\n\r\nMusk called the Crew Dragon abort test a "picture-perfect" flight, adding that SpaceX hopes to begin launching astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA in the second quarter of this year.