On Tuesday, Trump decided to go after Boeing; the U.S. aerospace giant contracted to build two brand new Air Force One planes for future presidents to travel in.
The billionaire said that the planes were overpriced and demanded that the company “cancel” the order.
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
Later during a brief interaction with the press at Trump Tower in New York, Trump went a step further and accused the aerospace company of trying to put one over on the U.S. government.
When asked about his tweet, he told reporters that the expenses are;
“…Totally out of control. It’s going to be over $4 billion on Air Force One … and I think it’s 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,’ he added.”
Boeing released the following response via a much more professional and adult platform, making the Trump look like a complete moron.
“We are currently under contract for $170 million to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serve the unique requirements of the President of the United States. 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.”
Trump’s supporters will say that he is trying to “make deals” and cut costs for the American people.
However, his ignorance, like in most things, but especially concerning the current contractual details, as well as what goes into making Air Force One, puts him at a strategic disadvantage.
Air Force One is designed to survive a nuclear war. It’s built with numerous top secret security technologies that understandably raises the cost.
They have to be extremely careful while creating such a plane, perhaps even make it in stages so that no one group of workers know too much about the aircraft. It’s going to also require security clearances and background investigations.
In other words, a lot of added expenses designed to make sure the POTUS and national security isn’t compromised.
It would have only taken Trump a few minutes to do some research into the details of the current arrangement, and he would have learned, for example, that the planes are not expected to be in service until 2024.
This episode is yet another example of how Trump tries to spin his ignorance into gold.
Hopefully, the American people will tell him in four years, that his “gold” just doesn’t fly.
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