NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – President Donald Trump is visiting South Carolina for the first time since winning the Republican primary a year ago.
The president travels Friday to North Charleston, where Boeing is rolling out the first 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft from its assembly line at 12:30 p.m. The airplane will begin flight testing later this year and will be delivered to customers starting in 2018. The 787-10 is built exclusively in South Carolina and Boeing has received 149 orders for it from 9 customers around the globe.
The trip comes just two days after Boeing workers voted overwhelmingly to turn back an effort to unionize the plant.
Both Trump and top South Carolina backer Gov. Henry McMaster are set to deliver remarks. McMaster became the state’s top executive last month after Trump selected then-Gov. Nikki Haley as his United Nations ambassador.
Also slated to speak is Rev. Eric Manning. He’s pastor of Emanuel AME Church, site of the June 2015 slayings of nine Bible study participants by Dylann Roof. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President Kevin McAllister, and Brookland Baptist Church’s Dr. Charles B. Jackson Sr. are slated to speak during the event as well.