Trump is already trying to save taxpayer money and he hasn’t taken office yet. Is that a refreshing change?
President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that the U.S. Air Force should cancel its order with Boeing for a pair of planes slated to serve as the new Air Force One and a backup aircraft.
‘Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!’ Trump tweeted.
He hinted to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower less than an hour later, however, that the Boeing contract could be continued once he moves in at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue because he wants Boeing to be
profitable – to a point.
‘The plane is totally out of control. It’s going to be over $4 billion – it’s for [the] Air Force One program. And I think it’s ridiculous,’ Trump said. ‘I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.’
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Boeing has responded to the President-elect’s statement, saying they look forward to delivering “the best value” for taxpayers.
So, was Donald Trump out of line to publicly blast Boeing? Hardly.
Boeing has a history of engaging in the very type of crony capitalism Trump has promised to bring to an end. The company’s lucrative relationship with Washington insiders has been well documented.
Most recently, the company’s very public ties with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been a source of controversy.
In April of 2014, The Washington Post reported Clinton’s cozy ties with the Boeing corporation, saying that Clinton made a “shameless pitch” to Russia on behalf of Boeing to secure a $3.7 billion contract for the Aerospace company…
…So what did the Clintons get in return?
According to The Washington Post, two months after the deal, the Clinton Foundation received a $900,000 donation from Boeing. Two years later, Boeing also paid Bill Clinton $250,000 to deliver a speech.
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What do you think?
Is Trump on track with his concern over the billions spent on the Presidential plane?
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