“What the hell do I know” – Trump’s odd tweet offering advice to Boeing

In an odd tweet this morning, Trump took to Twitter to offer some advice to Boeing.

The advice was in reference to their Boeing 737 MAX, which they’ve admitted had a software malfunction that led to the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.

Here’s the tweet from Trump:



Trump seems oddly defensive in his tweet, saying “But again, what the hell do I know?”.

It makes me wonder if he privately offered this same advice to someone at Boeing and they shot it down.

Also, why does he even care what Boeing does with the 737 MAX?

Trump also tweeted this morning:


Yeah fat chance on the last one.

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NYGino
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The 737 MAX is Boeing’s New Coke.
History repeats.

AT
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Fat chance on any of it.

sam
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Donald, forget about all the other tweeting & remember we have a CRISIS on our border. I’d like a tweet every few hours with a Congresspersons name & maybe a photo showing them enjoying time off while blue collar Americans are being INVADED.

This is how our elected officials handle a CRISIS on the border. They point fingers, scream that the other side doesn’t care, accomplish nothing & go on break.

And we pay them $174,000 plus $1.5M slush fund/House member & $3.5M/Senator to work FOR US. I wish I had a job like that!

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Trump Airlines maybe? How about refitting them as “Trump Luxury AF1” planes with gold plated plumbing and toilets, lots of leg room, extra wide seats with “fine Corinthian leather”,
gourmet meals, and oversized windows. Americans love to waste money on luxuries and be pampered. They’ll just put it on their credit cards and then engage some company to negotiate down their balance for them in a few years.

Thor77
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Its only fitting from a President who took credit for safest skies ever not too long ago.

lee_jan
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Suggesting that since he’s the president he knows everything.
Sorry, NOT so much.

cookiebob
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Anyone know what’s up with Notre Dam in Paris on fire?

Ronbo
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So far Trump has stated he can make better (or knows more about) an IPhone, rockets, and now a plane. He’s a funny dude not doubt about it.

sjmom
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I agree with the second and third tweets but in the third the word which should’ve been capitalized is NOW.

Romeg
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That Boeing could design the 737, build it and sell hundreds of them amassing a remarkable safety record along the way for 30 years and then do a re-design to, ostensibly, improve it, make it more fuel efficient and, presumably, even safer, and then implement a flight control system that pilots apparently have some difficulty learning and the software ‘fix’ (read Patch) winds up killing hundreds of people does not bode well for such a venerable company while, simultaneously, making Airbus, whose airplanes I refuse to board, look even better is nothing short of a horror story. It makes the world’s greatest aircraft manufacturer look like a bunch of third-world amateurs and is reminiscent of the Russians’ theft of the design plans for the Concorde which led them to become the first into the realm of supersonic passenger service only to have to ground and, ultimately, scrap, every one of… Read more »

Abe Lincoln
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Boing has had a stellar record for decades, but they bungled the 737 Max deployment a bit. While I do think it’s good advice from POTUS and it may seem odd to come from POTUS himself, yet you have to keep in mind that Boing is a brand for nationalism (probably more than any other public company). There are really only TWO commercial plane makers in the WORLD–Boeing (US) and Airbus (EU) and if Boeing takes a big hit because of this, the whole world could be using Air Bus in a few decades, so how Boeing recovers from this is critical for not just Boeing’s image, but the US as well.

Thor77
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They bungled the 737 Max deployment a bit?
Giving passengers an inch less leg room = A bit
2 planes going down due to faulty software and not enough training = A train load of bits

You are right on Boeing taking a hit long term if the image is not fixed soon. But they are also part of a revolving door corrupt political process that caused this to happen in the first place.

Abe Lincoln
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Funny you stress the word “bit”. I added that last minute because I do think the 737 Max is an amazing plane with latest technology. While I do think there is a bug in their software, there is some fault on training as well because obviously many pilots had no issues whatsoever with the plane and actually have high praises for it. It really comes down with how the pilot reacts when the plane’s AI anti-stall system kicks in prematurely. The pilots should have been trained to just turn it off when that happens. Boeing also made the mistake of not taking the first crash seriously and take immediate steps to avoid a second crash.

Regarding “leg room”, it’s not upto Boeing to dictate the cabin area–each airline arranges the cabin space as they wish.

Thor77
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Regarding “a bit”, your words, not mine. I wouldn’t use that to describe a couple of unfortunate happenings, just my opinion.
There were multiple compounding errors on part of Boeing here. And turning off the Anti Stall MCAS system did not completely remedy the situation, if you read the detailed reports on it. All it did was postpone it for a while till it reactivated again.

DinoDoc
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People died as a result of their bungling this a bit.

New West
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Donald, about that Congress thingy…Repeat that on a daily basis…This is where your problem lies….

DinoDoc
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It’s probably time for the 737 MAX to join Trump Steaks and Trump Vodka brands

RoyceMcCutcheon
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The president has said a lot of really stupid things in the past, but this one is possibly the best piece of advice I have ever seen him give.

trytothink
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I think of “What the hell do I know?” as more self-deprecating than defensive.

philliesthoughts
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Exactly. It was more of an inside joke too. Trump is famous for his ability to brand an item and make it sell. It’s mainly how he got rich in the first place so Boeing perhaps heeding his advice might actually be something worth considering.

Dr. Strangelove
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@ttt Or passive aggressive.

trytothink
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Dr. StrangeloveDr. Strangelove Right, I almost included “passive aggressive” as I started to think about why people are self-deprecating. Then I thought even more deeply that I need more coffee so I hit “post” and walked over to my Kuerig.

Tracy
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I think Trump knows a lot about suffering brands.

Sentinel
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That’s not a good look on you POTUS.

Although, I do like his last tweet. He’s right.

willtapp
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Congress has left for a two week vacation so the heck with the crisis at the border apparently.

Dr. Strangelove
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Avatarwilltapp They should be required to vacation in Laredo.

willtapp
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willtapp

Love that idea Doc

C.W. Smith
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Well, let’s be honest: nobody has treated this situation like the crisis it is.

willtapp
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willtapp

Very true

C.W. Smith
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If he’d skipped the first two and just gone with the third, his approval numbers would probably improve by at least 5 points.

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