TRUMP MEETS WITH BOEING AND LOCKHEED MARTIN CEOs TO GET PRICE DOWN FOR AIR FORCE ONE AND FIGHTER JETS
Trump tweeted December 6: ‘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 on Facebook December 22 :‘Boeing CEO says he’ll build Air Force Ones for less than $4 billion after Trump meeting’
Donald Trump is showing corporate America he’s not going to waste American taxpayers money buying a $4 billion Air Force One from Boeing, unless it’s reasonably priced. Same thing with Lockheed Martin for fighter jets F-35.
Mr. Trump said he was mainly concerned about Lockheed Martin’s new F-35 fighter jet, which, at $400 billion for 2,400 jets, “is very, very expensive.” Asked if he had won any concessions in the meeting, he said, “We’re just beginning, it’s a dance.”
“We’re going to get the costs down,” he added, “and we’re going to get it done beautifully.”
Mr. Trump said he also was “looking to cut a tremendous amount of money” from a Boeing program to build new Air Force One planes that provide mobile command centers for the president. – NY Times: Trump Meets Boeing and Lockheed Executives After Assailing Them on Jet Costs
From Washington Examiner: Boeing CEO says he’ll build Air Force Ones for less than $4 billion after Trump meeting
Boeing will build the new Air Force One for less than $4 billion, the CEO told reporters Wednesday after meeting with President-elect Trump.
Dennis Muilenburg, the Boeing CEO, praised Trump for his “business head” and said the two had a very productive meeting where they discussed how the country could build two new Air Force One planes for less than the $4 billion, which Trump criticized on Twitter this month.
“We’re going to get it done for less than that,” Muilenburg said. “I was able to give the president-elect my personal commitment on behalf of the Boeing Company. This is a business that’s important to us. We work on Air Force One because it’s important to our country and we’re going to make sure that he gets the best capability and that it’s done affordably.”
When asked about the timeline, Muilenburg said “that’s what we’re going to work on together.”