Some had noted that Boeing had donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee, and Boeing's CEO had called Trump the morning after the latest crash.
As The New York Times notes, after Canada grounded the Boeing Max 8 and 9, the U.S. was "basically alone in allowing the jetliners to keep flying."
President Trump repeatedly praised Boeing in several talks with reporters.
He said "we didn't want to have to make this decision today," and said he might not have grounded the jets at all.
BREAKING: Pres. Trump: "We're going to be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 MAX 8 and the 737 MAX 9, and planes associated with that line." https://t.co/8wZB1z9CPS pic.twitter.com/ffAY0kn94p
— ABC News (@ABC) March 13, 2019
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