When Trump won the election, Boeing was set to make the new Air Force One for the president-elect. However, the company asked for a whopping $4 billion to replace the current presidential aircraft. Trump wouldn’t stand for this and promptly told Boeing that he was canceling the order, saving taxpayers millions. As if this wasn’t impressive enough, the company’s CEO came crawling back and promised to make the plane for well under the sum they previously demanded:
“Dennis Muilenburg, the Boeing CEO, praised Trump for his “business head” and said the two had a very productive meeting where they discussed how the country could build two new Air Force One planes for less than the $4 billion, which Trump criticized on Twitter this month.
“We’re going to get it done for less than that,” Muilenburg said. “I was able to give the president-elect my personal commitment on behalf of the Boeing Company. This is a business that’s important to us. We work on Air Force One because it’s important to our country and we’re going to make sure that he gets the best capability and that it’s done affordably.”
When asked about the timeline, Muilenburg said “that’s what we’re going to work on together.”
“We have an active 747 production line and we’re eager to get started on the program. We haven’t actually started the build of the airplane yet, but once we finalize the requirements and make sure that it’s affordable we’ll launch on building the aircraft. We’ve got a hot production line and we’re ready to go.”
The meeting comes weeks after Trump tweeted that the costs of the F-35 from Lockheed Martin are “out of control” and threatened to cancel the order with Boeing for the new Air Force One over costs.”
Source: Washington Examiner