Boeing announced a $16.6 billion deal on Sunday to sell planes to Iran, which for decades had been economically blacklisted by the United States. The company instead chose to emphasize how many jobs the sale would support.So does Trump care more about the jobs at Boeing or the tough line he wants to take with Iran?
“Today’s agreement will support tens of thousands of U.S. jobs” associated with the production and delivery of the planes, Boeing said in its news release.
As with most subjects, Trump has said contradictory things about his attitude toward the nuclear agreement with Iran. On the one hand he has promised to tear it up on day one, and some of his advisers are on record as saying the same thing. But at other times he has said that the right approach is not to shred the agreement but to enforce it, and he has mentioned his own experience at buying into existing contracts and finding ways to get more out of the other parties from the fine print.
This is one of the areas where I have absolutely no idea what Trump actually intends, and that makes me nervous. But it also allows room for hope that he will tone down the saber-rattling if that allows him to pose as the savior of thousands of jobs.