Anyone who read my book expected this. Seriously. Trump the Press includes a few chapters explaining the man, besides eviscerating the press coverage of him.
President Trump tweeted that $4 billion was too much to pay for the Air Force One upgrade (which includes two planes) and the media attacked him.
It worked. From Bloomberg:
Boeing Co. executives told officials on President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team that the cost of a new version of Air Force One could be lowered if the government agrees to reduce its requirements for the plane, people familiar with the discussions said.
The company’s executives reached out to Trump’s staff after the Republican said on Twitter on Tuesday that plans for a new Air Force One should be canceled because of "ridiculous" costs. The missive put in Trump’s sights both a plane that is one of the most visible symbols of the American presidency and a firm that is the nation’s largest exporter.
“Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion,” Trump said in his tweet. “Cancel order!”
The company is the latest to be singled out by Trump, who last week announced a deal with United Technologies Corp. to keep a U.S. factory open instead of moving production to Mexico. The president-elect, who turned jobs and trade into defining issues of his campaign, tweeted about Boeing days after Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg called on him and Congress to ensure that U.S. companies have the tools to compete in a global economy.The media spin is President Trump is picking on these multi-national defense contractors -- after years of the media attacking them. Will the $600 toilet ever die?
Boeing is willing to cut the costs, but that really is not the taxpayer's concern. Price is. Two different things.
President Trump will listen. He will want the price without the cost cuts. Then maybe he will consider reducing requirements. It is like buying a new car. Do I really want my Jetson car to fold into a briefcase?
(Answer, yes. You do want your Jetson car folding into a briefcase.)
President Trump has made defense spending and waste a top priority. In one tweet.
I expect a visit to Trump Tower by Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing.
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