Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
How is Donald Trump going to pay for The Wall ask reporters who never asked eight years ago how Barry was going to pay for a stimulus that cost 80 times as much.
Maybe Trump can tweet the money.
That December 22 tweet alarmed the Old Guard in the nation's press.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported at the time:
The F-35 came under attack from President-elect Donald Trump on Monday, who took to Twitter to declare that the fighter jet program is “out of control” and pledged to trim billions of dollars on military contracts after he is inaugurated.
The tweet, posted before the stock market opened, sent shares of Lockheed Martin and other defense companies spiraling downward. By the end of trading, shares of Lockheed fell $6.42, or 2.5 percent, to $253.11, after falling as much as 5 percent earlier. The F-35 program accounted for about 20 percent of Lockheed’s total revenue last year.The New York Times published on Inauguration Day: "The 305 People, Places and Things Donald
Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List."
Guess what, ace.
From Fox News:
The Trump administration announced Friday that the Pentagon has reached a tentative deal with Lockheed Martin for the purchase of 90 F-35 jets at the lowest price in the program’s history – saving the government millions, officials said.
Trump, as president-elect, made headlines in December when he tweeted that the costs for the F-35 program were “out of control.”
This led to meetings and negotiations with the defense mega-contractor, apparently culminating in Friday's nearly $9 billion agreement.Lockheed shave 7.3% off the price -- a saving of $728 million -- or $8 million per jet.
More from Fox News:
Lockheed Martin, in a statement, acknowledged Trump's involvement spurred them to drive down the cost.
"President Trump’s personal involvement in the F-35 program accelerated the negotiations and sharpened our focus on driving down the price. The agreement was reached in a matter of weeks and represents significant savings over previous contracts. This is a good deal for the American taxpayer, our country, our company and our suppliers," the statement said.If Trump insults enough people, maybe we will balance the budget.
By the way, Barack Obama insulted people, too, including a Manhattan real estate mogul at the 2011 White House Correspondents Association dinner.
How'd that work out, America? Did Obama mocking Trump save taxpayers any money?
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