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Boeing CEO meets with Trump, praises ‘excellent conversation’

18 Jan 2017
Boeing’s chief executive Dennis Muilenburg met with President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday and said “great progress” was made on lowering the cost of the Air Force One presidential aircraft fleet. 

Trump continues to pressure defence companies on prices through Twitter posts and recently criticised Boeing, claiming the cost of two new Boeing 747s were “out of control”.

As the top exporter of commercial aircrafts, Boeing supports 1.5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs and 13,000 small and mid-sized companies. 

“We talked about a couple of topics. We discussed Air Force One. We discussed fighter aircraft. We made some great progress on simplifying requirements for Air Force One, streamlining the process, streamlining certification by using commercial practices,” said Muilenburg. 

“I think Mr. Trump is doing a great job with engaging the business. We’re all on the same page here. Our objective is to provide the best capability for our country most affordably. If you want manufacturing jobs, aerospace in the place to invest,” he said. 

“I appreciate the teamwork approach on this – I think it’s the right way to do business.”

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