Donald Trump to Boeing: Fix the 737 Max and 'REBRAND the plane with a new name'

David Jackson
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has some business advice for beleaguered Boeing airplane makers.

Branding.

In a Monday tweet about Boeing's grounded new airplane, Trump said: "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."

He added: "No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know?"

Critics quickly pointed out that Trump's major foray into the airline business – the Trump Shuttle – went bust in 1992.

Trump offered his marketing advice after announcing last month that his administration had grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in the wake of catastrophic crashes in Ethiopia and in the Java Sea off Indonesia.

The United States was the last holdout among countries that already grounded the airplane.

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Boeing has slowed production of the jet and is working on a software fix to submit to Federal Aviation Administration regulators.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump to Boeing: Fix the 737 Max and 'REBRAND the plane with a new name'