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Boeing Gets Going On Air Force One That Trump Said Was Too Expensive

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Boeing Gets Going On Air Force One That Trump Said Was Too Expensive

President Donald Trump, who berated Boeing Co (NYSE: BA) in December over the cost of the next-generation Air Force One, is closer to getting the aircraft whether he knows it or not.

The U.S. Defense Department said Wednesday that Boeing has been awarded $600 million to begin preliminary work on the presidential aircraft, including a communications system, electrical power upgrades, a medical facility, an executive interior, a self-defense system and autonomous ground operations capabilities.

As president-elect, Trump famously said on Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) that the aircraft, meant to replace the current, 30-year-old jet, was too expensive.

“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!” he tweeted.

2 For The Price Of One

It was unclear if the president was aware if the order — actually $3.73 billion over 12 years, including maintenance — was for two aircraft. One flies while another is kept maintained as a backup.

Since his tweet, however, Trump has been preoccupied with hurricanes, nuclear tests by North Korea, controversial comments about white supremacists, a failed healthcare plan, immigration imbroglios, intra-party feuds, administration turnover and ongoing investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia and whether his camp colluded with the Kremlin to smear Hillary Clinton.

Related Link: How Trump Has Alienated The World

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