Air Force One under scrutiny


(KING) President-elect Donald Trump says construction of the next Air Force One — a Boeing 747-8 — should be canceled due to the costs.

Trump tweeted Tuesday morning: 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!

“The plane is totally out of control. It’s going to be over $4 billion for the Air Force One program,” Trump later said in the lobby of Trump Tower Tuesday. “I think its ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money but not that much money.”

Boeing released this statement in response.

“We are currently under contract for $170 million to help determine the capabilities of this complex military aircraft that serves the unique requirements of the President of the United States. We look forward to working with the US Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best plane for the president at the best value for the American taxpayer.”

Multiple reports say the total cost for the new 747-8s would be between $2,7 billion and $3.2 billion.

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