Posted: 9:51 pm Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Two weeks after criticizing the cost of a plan to build a new Air Force One, President-Elect Donald Trump won an assurance from the head of Boeing that the plane would be built for less than the original estimates of $4 billion.
“We’re going to get it done for less than that,” said said Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, “and we’re committed to working together to make sure that happens.
After the meeting, the Boeing chief told reporters his sit down with Trump “went great,” as Muilenurg labeled the meeting at Trump’s Florida retreat “very productive.”
“This is a business that’s important to us,” the Boeing chief added.
“He’s a good man,” Muilenberg said of Trump, “and he’s doing the right thing.”
Earlier this month, Mr. Trump had called out Boeing on Twitter, threatening to cancel an order for a new Air Force One, as he argued the costs of the plan were “out of control.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016
Mr. Trump also met Wednesday with the head of Lockheed Martin, which runs the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, an effort that’s been beset with cost issues.
“We’re trying to get the costs down,” Mr. Trump told reporters.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) December 21, 2016
Like Boeing, the President-Elect also had called out the cost of the F-35 program, as he has vowed to force defense contractors to rein in their spending.
The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2016
After his meetings, Mr. Trump tweeted out his approval of those who had made the trek to Mar-a-Lago.
I met some really great Air Force GENERALS and Navy ADMIRALS today, talking about airplane capability and pricing. Very impressive people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.