1. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"Thank you very much for being here. I know that you've all been following the terrible tragedy of the Ethiopian Airlines crash this weekend. Tragic.The FAA is preparing to make a announcement very shortly regarding the new information and physical evidence that we've received from the site and from other locations and through a couple of other complaints. We've had a very, very detailed group of people working on the 737 8 and the 737 9 new airplanes. We're gonna be issuing an emergency order of prohibition to ground all flights of the 737 MAX 8 and the 737 MAX 9 and planes associated with that line. I've spoken to Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation, Dan Elwell, Acting administrator of the FAA, and to Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing. And they'll be available shortly after our conference today. And they are all in agreement with the action, any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and thereafter be grounded until further notice. So planes that are in the air will be grounded, if they're the 737 Max, will be grounded upon landing at the destination. Pilots have been notified, airlines have been all notified. Airlines are agreeing with this. The safety of the American people and all people is our paramount concern. Our hearts go out to all of those who lost loved ones, to their friends, to their families in both the Ethiopian and the Lion airlines crashes that involved the 737 MAX aircraft. It's a terrible, terrible thing. Boeing is an incredible company. They are working very, very hard right now and hopefully they'll very quickly come up with the answer. But until they do, the planes are grounded. And you'll be hearing from the FAA directly in a little while. I would say probably in 45 minutes from now. So you'll be prepared to hear. They're going to go into great detail as to what they found and where we're going what we're doing, but all of those planes are grounded effective immediately. OK."
President Donald Trump says the U.S. is issuing an emergency order grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 aircraft in the wake of a crash of an Ethiopian Airliner that killed 157 people.
Many nations in the world had already barred the Boeing 737 Max 8 from its airspace, but until tody, the Federal Aviation Administration had been saying that it didn't have any data to show the jets are unsafe.
Trump said Wednesday that the FAA would be making the announcement soon to ground the planes.
He says any plane currently in the air will go to its destination and then be grounded.
Trump says pilots and airlines have been notified.
He says the safety of the American people is of "paramount concern."