March 14, 2019 / 3:19 PM / 2 months ago

Trump says he hopes grounding of Boeing planes is short

An American Airlines arrivals board displaying American Airlines flight 2669, which was scheduled to be flown by a Boeing 737 Max 8, arriving from Miami to New York City at LaGuardia Airport, is seen as cancelled, in New York, U.S., March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he hoped Boeing Co can figure out whatever problem might exist with its 737 MAX jetliners and that a U.S. decision to ground them would only have to be in place for a short time.

Trump made the comments to reporters at the White House as he sat down to meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.

The United States grounded Boeing’s money-spinning 737 MAX aircraft on Wednesday over safety fears after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that killed 157 people, leaving the world’s largest planemaker facing its worst crisis in years.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Nick Zieminski

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