Trump headlines Boeing 787-10 rollout

Trump headlines Boeing 787-10 rollout
February 17 21:45 2017 Print This Article

President Donald Trump was the featured speaker at the rollout for Boeing’s 787-10 Dreamliner at its North Charleston plant Friday. The aircraft, which already has received 149 orders around the world, is being manufactured exclusively in North Charleston.

In front of a standing-room-only crowd of around 6000, Boeing-South Carolina General Manager Joan Robinson-Berry touted the recent 74% vote against organizing with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) union.  She said, “Our house is going to remain union-free.  You build amazing products.  You have demonstrated to the world that you are the best.”

The 787-10 has a range of 7500 miles.  It seats 330 passengers and will create 130 new non-stop routes around the world.  The aircraft is 25% more fuel-efficient than any other aircraft of its size.

Gov. Henry McMaster, who ascended from his Lt. Gov. position when Gov. Nikki Haley was confirmed at the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in January, reflected on South Carolina’s historical legacy.  He said, “At the time of the American Revolution, we were the richest place (among the colonies), and we’re getting back to that.”  McMaster was the first statewide elected official to endorse Donald Trump.  He compared Trump to two-term President Ronald Reagan as someone who will chart a new path for America and create strength and prosperity.

Trump, who landed hundreds of feet from the 787-10 aircraft on Air Force One, told the crowd, “We’re here today to celebrate American engineering and American manufacturing.  We’re also here to celebrate jobs.  We’re going to unleash the power of the American spirit.  Our mantra is Buy American, Hire American.”

Boeing’s military aircraft production was also discussed by President Trump, who pledged to rebuild the American military.  Trump quoted President George Washington, saying, “Being prepared for war is the best way to avoid it.”  He cited Boeing’s F-18 Super Hornet as a possible alternative to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet, which he has criticized for cost over-runs.

Trump concluded by stating that American manufacturing will expand when America reduces regulations, lowers taxes and re-negotiates foreign trade agreements.  He said, “When we have a level playing field (with foreign competition), American workers always, always, always win.  When American workers win, our country wins – Big League!  When we work together as a unit, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.”

The President, Gov. McMaster and Boeing executives ended the program by climbing into the Dreamliner cockpit.  The crowd stayed on its feet throughout the President’s speech.