After announcing that he wanted to terminate his deal to buy Twitter, Elon Musk spent the weekend at the Sun Valley Conference in Idaho, USA.

"Musk originally said he would fix the bot problem," Stelter said on the Reliable Sources program on Sunday (10). "The same problem he now says is preventing him from closing the deal."

"Musk originally said he would fix the bot problem," Stelter said on the Reliable Sources program on Sunday (10). "The same problem he now says is preventing him from closing the deal."

"New York Times" reporter Lauren Hirsch said there has been an interesting confluence of events since news of Musk's offer broke.

The stock market has "basically fallen off the cliff," including Tesla stock, which Musk was presumably relying on to fund much of the deal.

This may be part of the reason Musk is apparently doubting that his buyout offer would materialize -almost from the moment he made it. 

"He would kind of tease and then walk away and we never knew what his intention was," Hirsch said.

At least until Friday (8), when Musk's lawyer sent a letter to Twitter saying he was pulling out of the 

deal because the social media platform is "materially violating several provisions" of the original agreement.

Twitter is fighting back, promising to take Musk to court.

And some have questioned whether Musk's concerns about bots are just an excuse to pull out of the deal.

"Washington Post" national correspondent Philip Bump said it's hard to say what his true motives are, but admitted that Musk is an "eccentric character."