Fact Check: Kenneth P. Vogel's claim about Boeing's donation to Trump inaugural.


The New York Times writer Kenneth P. Vogel wrote a tweet about the money donated by Boeing company to the inauguration of trump, he claimed the following:

Kenneth P. Vogel on Twitter

NEW: @Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg spoke by phone with TRUMP this a.m., urging him not to ground 737 Max 8s after Sunday’s crash. * Muilenburg has tried to cultivate Trump. He visited Mar-a-Lago after AF1 dust-up, & Boeing donated $1M to Trump inaugural. https://t.co/OUXRGBsE5T

Claim 1:

“[Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg] visited Mar-a-Lago after AF1 dust-up!”

Fact check 1: True

On the 21st of December several media outlets reported the meeting taking place including the New York Times report which confirms the meeting between Muilenburg and Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort:

Mr. Trump met first on Wednesday with Dennis A. Muilenburg, Boeing’s chief executive, followed by Lockheed’s chief executive, Marillyn A. Hewson, and Pentagon officials with models of the F-35 jets. The meetings took place at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla.

Referring to the “AF1 [Air Force One] dust-up” the meeting took place only weeks after Trump tweeted:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/806134244384899072

Claim 2:

“Boeing donated $1M to Trump inaugural”

Fact check 2: True but misleading

It was confirmed by Fortune Magazine the public information that Boeing donated $1 million to events held to honor Trump’s inauguration which is the same amount as Boeing donated for the same purpose to President Obama’s inauguration events, this donation to Trump seemed to be in spite of the insults from Trump directed at Boeing rather than to curry specific favor. Fortune magazine went on to say:

The firm also gave $100,000 to George W. Bush, according to FEC filings from that same year. And during the presidential campaign, Boeing-affiliated individuals and PACs contributed largely to then-Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 campaign season, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Boeing donated $166,935 to Clinton, and $28,421 to Trump

Gordon Johndroe, spokesperson from Boeing released the statement at the time that “We are pleased to continue our tradition of supporting presidential inaugurations”.

The report by opensecret.org -a center for responsive politics-  does support the claim that Boeing donated $1M to Trump inaugural.

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