He made his shots at one of the country’s largest manufacturers, says NY Times, criticizing the pending order for the company to create the latest Air Force One. He suggested that Boeing was doing a number on the country, with the outrageous costs of the latest project.
He stated that Boeing was to construct a new Air Force One 747 for future presidents, something Trump would get to enjoy, but the cost was $4 billion, which Trump feels is outrageous.
Now, Trump wants to cancel this billion-dollar contract, says BuzzFeed.
Boeing Constructing Air Force One at an Outrageous Price
Trump is calling to cancel the order on social media, stating that the plane is out of control and the costs are not something the American people need to supply. While he did say Boeing has the right to earn a living, they don’t have the right to take advantage of the American budget and charge such an amount for a plane that certainly does not cost that much to construct.
Boeing’s statement immediately after Trump’s claims did not address the President-elect’s comments. They also did not discuss the estimated cost of the new project. Currently, the project is under contract for $170 million, and to determine the true costs, the company said that they have to weigh the complex military requirements for this highly-protected plane.
Boeing went on to say that they look forward to working closely with the United States to protect the President. Also, they are planning to work on subsequent projects with the United States military, and they are always looking for the best value to offer the American taxpayers.
The Air Force also released their own statement, saying that the budget of $2.7 billion for the project was a cushioned estimate just in case there were unforeseen costs. They also stated that they do not believe the project will actually cost this amount.
No one is sure where Trump received his overly exaggerated $4 billion in costs. Trump’s advisors refuse to comment on how Trump reached the total of $4 billion for costs and only said that the costs were outrageous.
They tried to play off Trump’s comments on Twitter to show his concern about the American people and the obvious overspending of the American government – which uses American tax dollars to pay for such projects.
Trump’s team also emphasized how they are always looking for ways to lower costs and help the country get out of debt.
No one is sure what is truly motivating Trump with his Twitter rants, especially regarding government contracts. However, Trump was not focusing on Boeing in a broad manner. Instead, he focused solely on the Air Force One upgraded plane and stated the plane was entirely out of control.