Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg agreed to lower the price of the new Air Force One after he had a meeting with President-elect Trump. It’s just a leadership thing:
While not offering details, Muilenburg said the ‘excellent conversation’ with Trump could lead to a deal ‘in the very near term.’
‘We made some great progress on simplifying requirements for Air Force One, streamlining the process, streamlining certification by using commercial practices,’ Muilenburg told reporters after the hour-long meeting.
Tump has been pressuring defense companies on prices through Twitter posts and meetings.
Last month he said a $4 billion contract for Air Force One was too expensive and should be canceled.
Boeing has said it so far has a $170 million contract for design work on the heavily modified Boeing 747 planes and that no final figure for the fleet of planes had been established.
Trump thought the plane is oddly expensive, and he stood loyal to his words. The man has his own planes, and revealed that he actually doesn’t “need a $4.2 billion airplane to fly around in.”
His trick worked, and taxpayers will like this. Their money are safe, and America won’t be facing ridiculous costs. Nobody has ever succeeded in modifying multi-billion government contracts.
Trump has done this before. After his victory in November, he got his eyes on the priciest defense program ever:
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s latest missive on military spending suggests that Boeing has perhaps swayed him more than its rival Lockheed Martin. Now, he is preparing to pit one off the other to try to decrease the cost of new fighter jets, military analysts said on Thursday.
Mr. Trump’s post on Twitter on Thursday afternoon said that based on the “tremendous cost and cost overruns” on Lockheed’s new F-35 strike fighter jet, he had asked Boeing to give him the price for a “comparable” version of its older F-18 Super Hornet.
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