White House reporters just revealed the Boeing CEO’s desperate call to Trump after the Ethiopian plane crash


The behemothic aeronautics company and defense contractor Boeing is under fire around the globe after one of their 737 Max 8s crashed on Sunday in Ethiopia, killing 157 people

It’s the second time this aircraft model has been involved in a fatal crash in the past five months, prompting numerous countries to ban the plane from their airspace. China, the European Union, and every other nation other than the United States and Canada have ceased flying the 737 Max 8 in any kind of substantial numbers.

Boeing promises that upcoming software updates will fix the issues with the plane, but clearly, the rest of the world isn’t willing to risk lives by trusting the company. As for why the United States hasn’t grounded the planes, the Federal Aviation Association claims that they are still “airworthy” and intends to mandate changes to Boeing.

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Of course, one can’t rule out the convenient fact that Boeing is one of the most powerful companies in the United States, with an enormous amount of political muscle and market share. Grounding the planes would be a public relations nightmare as well as a financial bloodbath for the company, so they are obviously incentivized to keep them in the air until they sort out the underlying problems.

Now, Kenneth P. Vogel of The New York Times reports that Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg called President Trump today and asked him not to ground the 737 Max 8s. Vogel also pointed out that Muilenburg has worked to “cultivate” President Trump and has visited Mar-a-Lago before in addition to Boeing donating  $1 million to Trump’s inauguration.

The call reportedly came after Trump unleashed his bizarre airplane rant on Twitter this morning, in which he lamented how “complex” airplane technology has become and asserted that he doesn’t want “Albert Einstein” flying his planes. While he didn’t mention Boeing by name, the tweets were widely seen as a response to Sunday’s crash.


CBS’s Mark Knoller reports that the White House has confirmed the call.

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It’s unclear how the conversation between Trump and Muilenberg actually played out, but the fact that the United States has not grounded the dangerous aircraft has raised concerns that the Boeing CEO has called in a favor that puts innocent lives in danger. If so, it wouldn’t be the first time Donald Trump has put his own personal interests above those of the American people. A full investigation needs to be launched immediately to ensure that no more tragic crashes occur.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.