The model has suffered two deadly crashes in a matter of months, the first last October in Indonesia with the death of all 189 people on board and then in Ethiopia on March 10, killing all 157 aboard.
Both accidents took place shortly after takeoff. Investigators are focusing on a system that is supposed to help the Boeing workhorse aircraft avoid stalling in flight.
“What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.
“No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know?,” he added.
What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the B… https://t.co/VVyRzxxsh5
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1555324167000
It is not the first time Trump has weighed in on the Ethiopian crash.
Two days after the plane went down, he tweeted that these days jetliners are “becoming far too complex to fly”.
Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly. Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT… https://t.co/wK9MYEqT1G
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1552399220000
He added: “Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better.”
….needed, and the complexity creates danger. All of this for great cost yet very little gain. I don’t know about… https://t.co/f9uhWbol5X
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 1552399947000