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

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

Image Credit: By USAF photo/Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison - Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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