Reports, FAA advisory: Trump to visit Boeing facility in SC on Friday
President Donald Trump will visit a Boeing facility in South Carolina on Friday as the aerospace company rolls out its first 787-10 Dreamliner, according to multiple media reports and a Federal Aviation Administration advisory.
CNN was the first to report the trip, with its aviation editor Jon Ostrower tweeting the news Saturday afternoon. The Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston, S.C., said a Boeing spokesman declined to comment on a possible visit from Trump. It would be the first such visit to the plant by a sitting president, Ostrower said.
An FAA advisory posted Sunday warns pilots to "expect VIP movement February 17, 2017 in the vicinity of Charleston, SC." Similar advisories are issued before presidential travel outside Washington, D.C., including when Trump heads to his part-time home in Palm Beach.
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg met with Trump in December at the president's Mar-a-Lago Club after Trump criticized the cost of Boeing's efforts to build two new Air Force One aircraft. At the center of the debate: an estimated $4 billion price tag for the pair of planes.
After their Mar-a-Lago meeting, Muilenburg told reporters the cost would be "less than that, and we're committed to working together to make sure that happens." After another meeting in January just days before Trump's inauguration, Muilenburg said a deal could be close, Reuters reports.
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg speaks to the media at Trump Tower following a meeting with Pesident-elect Donald Trump on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Boeing will unveil the 787-10 for the first time at an event this week, the Post and Courier reports. The company says it employs more than 7,500 people in South Carolina.