Tuesday morning Donald Trump sent a tweet that sent the media, government and Boeing into a tailspin. Trump’s tweet ripped Boeing for the cost of a new Air Force One plane, calling for the contract to be canceled.
“Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” Trump tweeted.
Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016
Speaking to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, Trump was asked about the tweet.
“Well the plane is totally out of control,” he said, adding the costs are “ridiculous.”
“I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money but not that much money.”
Of course the new Air Force One wouldn’t be ready for the president until 2024, so maybe Trump doesn’t want to pay for a plane he won’t get to use.
The $4 billion price tag is not accurate, and where Trump got that number nobody seems to know.
From The Hill:
The Pentagon announced in January that Boeing had won the contract to replace the current Air Force One planes. The initial contract was worth just $25.8 million, but the Air Force planned on spending as much as $1.65 billion on the project, according to Reuters.
In a statement, Boeing said it was under a $170 million contract to work on Air Force One.
“We are currently under contract for $170 million to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serves the unique requirements of the President of the United States,” the Boeing statement said. “We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the President at the best value for the American taxpayer.”
First Trump went after Carrier, and now Boeing. Will attacking singular companies be a good move for Trump?
Let us know in the comments below!!!
Trump not only put Boeing on notice with Air Force One deal, he put EVERY Defense Contractor on notice as well! Good move! pic.twitter.com/FJsyoHVfVU
— America First! (@America_1st_) December 6, 2016
And Air Force One isn’t your normal 747, take a look: