Yesterday, US President Donald Trump took a break from screaming at random reporters to tour Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. That’s despite the fact that he tweeted (as, regrettably, he so often does) about never flying on the plane.
Lithium ion batteries should not be allowed to be used in aircraft. I won't fly on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner - it uses those batteries.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2014
Well, okay, Trump wasn’t wrong about the Dreamliner having issues with lithium ion batteries. Strangely, however, none of that concern was on display today.
Trump visible sitting in the captain's seat of the 787-10 pic.twitter.com/h9AkMwNyIn
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 17, 2017
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 17, 2017
This isn’t the only time Trump has had beef with Boeing, either. Late last year, Trump bitched and moaned on Twitter about the company’s plan to upgrade Air Force One. I guess Trump has come around.
On Friday, the master negotiator spoke about his ongoing discussions with Boeing and Lockheed, whose F-35 he also complained about earlier this year. “We’re going to save billions and billions of dollars,” Trump said. “Many billions of dollars. Most important we are going to have a great product from both Boeing and Lockheed.”
Trump jokes: “You know in the old days when I made this speech, I got paid a lot of money—now I have to do it for nothing. Not a good deal.” pic.twitter.com/1hY51cC1wK
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 17, 2017
“God bless Boeing,” President Trump said.