Trump Is Refusing to Ground a Possibly Hazardous Model of Plane and a Former Government Ethics Official Has a Disturbing Theory Why
Growing concerns after the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max 8 jets in five months have led leaders across the world to ground the planes until risks can be more accurately assessed.
Until Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump was not among these leaders.
The Air Force is bargain shopping for new planes. Two Boeing 747 aircraft abandoned by the bankrupt Russian airline Transaero will be purchased from Boeing and retrofitted for Air Force One’s presidential fleet. Transaero closed in 2015 and never took possession of the planes. They have been in storage ever since, and as Boeing has been paying the storage costs, the company is eager to unload them.