President Donald Trump plans to visit South Carolina’s North Charleston Boeing facility on Friday, a CNN reporter tweeted over the weekend.
If Trump visits the 787 Dreamliner plant, it would be his first trip as president to the Palmetto State, which gave the wild-card candidate a crucial primary victory last February. After giving Trump 33 percent of the vote in the primary, South Carolinians stuck with Trump through his myriad of political stumbles all the way to November. Nearly 55 percent of South Carolina voters chose the Republican on Nov. 8.
Trump would also become the first sitting president to visit the plant, CNN aviation reporter Jon Ostrower tweeted Saturday, citing fellow White House reporter Jeff Zeleny.
About 3,000 workers at Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner plant in North Charleston will vote Wednesday on whether to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
An indicator Trump could be flying into Charleston is a notice by the Federal Aviation Administration urging pilots to: Expect VIP movement” on Friday in the vicinity of Charleston. “Pilots can expect airspace restrictions in conjunction with this VIP movement,” the notice said.
A White House spokesperson said Sunday she could not confirm the visit.
Officials from the S.C. Governor’s Office and Boeing did not immediately return requests for confirmation Sunday afternoon.