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Boeing to get more F-18 orders

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 01:28

President Donald Trump presided over the unveiling of a 787 Dreamliner and said the aerospace giant could be in for a huge order of F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets. Fred Katayama reports.

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President Donald Trump was all smiles as he presided over Boeing's unveiling of its latest 787 Dreamliner in conservative South Carolina. It's a far cry from the criticism he dealt the aerospace giant over the cost of Air Force One when he was President elect. He said the price of the presidential aircraft is still too high but is negotiating with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to bring it down. And he said the aerospace giant could be in for a huge order of F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets. SOUNDBITE: U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We are looking seriously at a big order, and we'll see how that, you know the problem is, that Dennis is a very very tough negotiator, but I think we may get there. We're also working the Air Force One project which was a difficult project for previous administrations, but it looks like we're getting closer and closer." Speaking before a friendly crowd in a state that he handily won in the election, Trump also vowed to protect American jobs. He said the U.S. would slap what he described as a "very substantial penalty" on companies that fire American workers and move overseas. Far from bashing Boeing, today the former businessman ended his address with a blissful blessing. SOUNDBITE: U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, (ENGLISH) SAYING: "May God bless the United States of America, and God bless Boeing."

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Boeing to get more F-18 orders

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 01:28