'That is one lovely aeroplane, ' Trump said of the 787-10, dubbed the 'Dreamliner.' He added, 'What an incredible piece of art.
He also repeated his assertion that he had played a role in convincing automakers Ford and General Motors to keep some of their factory jobs in the US instead of outsourcing them to Mexico - even though both companies have said their production decisions were made far in advance of his presidency.
"As your President I'm going to everything I can to unleash the power of the American spirit and put our great people back to work", he said. "We're also here today to celebrate jobs", Trump said. Again, our president has never said anything bad about women, let alone older women, ever.
The airport is directly adjacent to the Boeing plant.
At least 100 people gathered to listen to speakers, wielding signs that read, "Truths not tweets", and "No one is free when others are oppressed". But much of that has been overshadowed by a series of all-consuming stories, the most damaging of which was the ouster of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, on Monday.
Big rallies were the hallmark of Trump's presidential campaign.
"You look at what's happening with jobs". He also promised to rebuild the USA military and punish companies that move jobs overseas.
Despite the obvious show of affection between Trump and company officials Friday, he was heard to say, "the price is too high, but we're negotiating". "Add a little sentence that you have to buy American steel".
In the less than four weeks since taking office, Trump has moved closer to Boeing's interests on several key issues.
"Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion", Trump tweeted on December 6, 2016.
Boeing says the pressurization of the plane helps reduce jet lag and make the flying experience more comfortable, with larger windows and technology to avoid turbulence.
But fiery Donald Trump was nowhere in evidence Friday, and his only parenthetical thought came early, when he recalled how well he did in the SC primary a year ago. Trump beamed. "What can look so handsome at 30?"
Nor did he give specifics about what his administration will do to create the promised jobs. "I like that he said bring jobs here".
In this setting, Trump seems at his most comfortable. The global aviation giant, which came to SC in part because of the state's minuscule union presence, did so with the aid of millions of dollars in state assistance made possible by officials who spoke out frequently and glowingly with anti-union messages.