Boeing congratulates Trump but flies clear of Iranian and Ex-Im issues
Nov 9, 2016, 12:25pm PST
offered congratulations to Donald Trump
but declined to discuss major issues it faces under the presidential administration set to take office in January.
"We congratulate President-elect Trump and newly elected members of Congress and look forward to working with them to ensure that U.S. companies can compete, win and grow our economy to provide good jobs to U.S. workers; as well as preserve American leadership in national security," Boeing Commercial Airplanes spokesman Paul Bergman
said in a prepared statement.
Boing congratulated President-elect Donald Trump for his victory but declined to discus major issues it faces under a Republican administration.
"I don’t like it because I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s a one-way street also. It’s sort of a feather bedding for politicians and others, and a few companies. And these are companies that can do very well without it. So I don’t like it. I think it’s a lot of excess baggage. I think it’s unnecessary," Trump told the magazine.
Trump has made positive comments about Boeing's sale of 80 jets to Iran for up to $25 billion at list prices. He said the U.S. government should have required Iran to buy only Boeing jets before the U.S. released Iranian assets as part of a nuclear deal.
However, Boeing's Iran deal is a sensitive issue among Republican lawmakers, who opposed the nuclear agreement and sale of new jets to a state they call a sponsor of international terrorism.
Trump has also criticized Boeing
for opening a new aircraft finishing plant in China
and for its dealings with the Clinton Foundation, noting the jet maker made a $900,000 donation in 2010 for work in Haiti a few months after Hillary Clinton helped Boeing land a $3.7 billion deal in Russia.
The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, which represents 13,375 Boeing engineers and 5,575 technical workers in Washington state, declined to comment on the election results.
Andrew McIntosh covers aerospace and manufacturing for the Puget Sound Business Journal.