President Donald Trump gave Boeing a boost on Friday as he stopped by the company's Charleston, South Carolina, facility to shower praise on it's upgraded 787.
Thousands of people cheered this afternoon as the almost five-story doors of the final assembly building rolled aside, revealing the long-awaited 787-10 Dreamliner.
President Trump reiterated a campaign promise to buy and hire American at the debut of Boeing's new long-haul airplane on Friday, with the president pointing to the aircraft manufacturer's SC facility as a prime example.
"I have to say, that is one lovely airplane".
President Donald Trump on Friday heaped praise on Boeing Co. and suggested the USA government could increase its business with the aviation company as he delivered an economic-themed speech that had many campaign trail overtones.
"We are here to celebrate American engineering. Add a little sentence that you have to buy American steel". "Boeing has built many important aircraft, including, as I said the F-18 Super Hornet, the F-15 Strike Eagle, and the Apache helicopter, just to name a few".
To achieve his goal, Trump promised to "massively reduce job crushing regulations" and enforce strong trade rules to stop "foreign cheating" so to level the playing field for American workers. "We want products made in America, made by American hands", the president said. Boeing said the cabin is "calmer", with less vibration and noise from both the engine and air conditioning.
Trump toured the new "Dreamliner" after the speech, but not before offering up a goodbye to the crowd of supporters and Boeing employees.
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Trump the walked with Boeing officials and Gov. McMaster to the new Dreamliner and made his way up the stars for a closer look at the passenger jet.
Following today's win, President Donald J. Trump will visit the facility, becoming the first-ever US president to do so. Quickly, Boeing relented, promising to bring down the plane's costs after a series of meetings with Trump.
"Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion", Trump tweeted on December 6, 2016.
And it marked a return to jobs-oriented rhetoric he offered during his populist campaign for president, including here in SC, where his victory in the Republican primaries sent shockwaves through the political establishment.
"We made some great progress on simplifying requirements for Air Force One, streamlining the process, streamlining certification by using commercial practices", Dennis Muilenburg told reporters after meeting with Trump on January 17. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner followed shortly thereafter, and moments later the president could be seen in the cockpit, sitting in the pilot seat. It will be built at the Boeing plant in Charleston.
Trump said he wants to make it easier for companies to make goods in the United States, rather than relying on setting up operations overseas.
Jeffrey Hirsch, law professor who specializes in labor relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told WJLA, "The culture here, at least in recent memory, has not been pro-union".