Boeing Will Still Put up $1 Million for Donald Trump’s Inauguration Despite His Twitter Attack
But despite this attack, Boeing will donate some $1 million to inaugural events in Trump’s honor, USA Today first reported. “We are pleased to continue our tradition of supporting presidential inaugurations,” a spokesperson from Boeing, Gordon Johndroe, wrote in a statement to Fortune.
The company has indeed given to past presidential inaugural committees: In 2013, Boeing gave $1 million to President Barack Obama, according to Federal Election Commission filings. 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.
Boeing began discussing the $1 million pledge with Trump’s inaugural committee last week, an official in the company who did not wish to be named told Fortune. The contribution was then finalized around Friday or Monday, a day before Trump criticized the company in a Tweet. Later that day, Trump called Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenberg a “very good man,” after the executive called the president-elect, promising to try and keep costs low.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Trump’s inaugural committee has already secured some $50 million in pledged donations. Following the 2008 election, President Obama’s inaugural committee accepted over $54 million in donations.