After Nikki Haley left the Trump administration following a record of constant grandstanding as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, the former South Carolina governor took a cushy job on the Boeing board of directors to cash out on her government connections.
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to contribute to Boeing’s continued success as a cutting edge industry leader and a great American company,” Haley said after it was announced she was hired by Boeing.
However, Neocon Nikki’s golden parachute may not last for long as Boeing struggles to fend off lawsuits following an Ethiopian crash of a Boeing 737 MAX airliner that resulted in the tragic deaths of all 157 passengers and crew in March.
A French widow who lost her husband in the crash is seeking $276 million in damages from a U.S. lawsuit that she has filed. She believes that it was Boeing’s negligence that led to the deadly incident.
Nadege Dubois-Seex, whose now deceased husband Jonathan Seex was the chief executive of the Tamarind Group of Companies, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Chicago last week. The lawsuit alleges that Boeing neglected to tell pilots about risky software in the plane that frequently lowered the plane’s nose due to a malfunctioning sensor data.
“We have learned that Boeing relied on a single sensor that had been previously flagged in over 200 incident reports submitted to the FAA (U.S. Federal Aviation Administration),” Dubois-Seex’s attorney Nomaan Husain said in a statement.
The software intended to stop the 737 MAX from stalling allegedly caused the problem that Husain believes may have resulted in the crash.
“Our family has lost its shining knight and the world has lost a brilliant entrepreneur,” Dubois-Seex said in a statement.
This is not the only disaster that a Boeing air vessel has been involved in over the past several months. In Oct. 2018, 189 people were killed after a Lion Air 737 MAX crashed into the ocean near Indonesia under similar conditions.
Dubois-Seex’s is only one of many lawsuits, as the top defense contractor’s reputation is taking a hit right as Haley comes into the organizational fold.
“I expect you will appreciate my sense that returning from government to the private sector is not a step down but a step up,” Haley wrote in a condescending resignation letter to President Trump.
As Boeing is plagued in scandal, the move no longer seems like as much of a “step up” for Haley. Neocon Nikki is already the favorite white horse of Never Trumpers to hijack Trump’s mandate after he departs the presidency, unless her work in the private sector prevents that possibility from coming to fruition.
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