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Saturday, February 04, 2017

Trump tweets. You save $728 million

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.

It works.

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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  1. "Did Obama mocking Trump save taxpayers any money?"

    The mocking did, after Obama was gone, gone, gone. And replaced by The Donald.

  2. How many times has a car salesman said to you ... all as one word ... "TellyawhatI'mgonnado!"...?

    Only Trump could turn that around and, as the customer, say it to the sales guy.

  3. That's how you pay off the debt.

    1. The debt problem needs to be addressed in two parts (making the Eight-Ball in the corner pocket).

      First, obviously, it needs to be paid off.

      Secondly, the Constitution needs to be amended to prevent chisellers in the post-Trump era from spending like drunken lords again.

  4. Mr. Trump is rattling cages like Lawrence Taylor used to. He's a fast, hard hitter. Lovin it. The Left is already dropping passes because they know they're in danger of getting knocked out.

  5. Why don't the MSM just paint "Number 10 Man" on their helmet and be done with it?

  6. My Pop was horse and cattle trader. He sold horses to the US Calvary last was in 1938 Pop would've been 104
    this year. He would've loved Trump .
    One of his favorite things was throw his old hat down and say:"You Idiot this the best cuttin'horse this side of Pendelton! you won't find one like this! (Of course he didn't say whether the cuttin' was cuttin' cattle out of the herd or being cut up for dog food...) He saw nothing wrong if you make the customer a little mad.. and confused.. and guilty. Just the way of a horse trade..
    TG McCoy

    1. Got a second cousin whose grandad had a desperate down on bicycles in the decade before the First World War. He grew feed, and if saw someone in town going past on a bicycle, he'd cuss terrible and say "Damn things don't eat much hay."

  7. Just hope that they don't shave on the build.

  8. Imagine how mad this makes the DC establishment. The DC way is to bid the price up, not down.

  9. Imagine how mad this makes the DC establishment. The DC way is to bid the price up, not down.

  10. The cost of jets always goes down as the number produced goes up. And reshoring is a trend that has been recognized for several years now. Trump is just taking credit for it.

    But why isn't Trump shaming companies who hire illegal immigrants?

    1. President Trump will do that on his own schedule. Its a feature of the element of surprise.