In 2015, the aircraft manufacturer Boeing won a contract to build two new presidential planes that would eventually replace the old Air Force One. These planes were expected to be up and running in about 10 years, which would then be used by future presidents for domestic and international travel. However, these planes may never get built once the next president is in charge.
President-elect Donald Trump went to Twitter on Tuesday to express his disapproval of the $4 billion Boeing contract. Here is the exact Twitter message that Trump posted: “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!”
But like with many of Trump’s tweets, there are some inaccuracies in what he has posted. The biggest error in the post is the cost of the contract. According to a statement released on Boeing’s website, the contract is worth $170 million to build the two planes. This isn’t even close to the $4 billion that Trump claimed it was in his tweet. On the other hand, this $170 million isn’t going to be the total price either. This is just the amount for Boeing to “determine the capabilities” of the sophisticated military-style presidential aircrafts.
The actual manufacturing of the aircrafts is going to cost a lot more than $170 million, but it may not be as much as $4 billion like Trump stated. A Reuters report stated that the Air Force had budgeted $1.65 billion to have Boeing build these aircrafts. But it may end up being nearly double that number at around $2.87 billion. Therefore, it looks like Trump and Boeing are both a bit off in their numbers. Either way, it’s going to be a lot of money to manufacture these planes and Trump isn’t too happy that. Once he gets into office, he may end the contract before it even starts.