“They were close to signing a $4.2 billion deal to have a new Air Force One,” Trump said Saturday. “Can you believe this? I said, ‘No way.’ I said, ‘I refuse to fly in a $4.2 billion airplane. I refuse.’”
“We got that price down by over $1 billion, and I probably haven’t spoken, to be honest with you, for more than an hour on the project,” he continued. “I got the generals in, who are fantastic. I got Boeing in. But I told Boeing, it’s not good enough. We’re not going to do it. The price is still too high.”
Which was…news…to people in the Air Force at the time.
Turns out that $4 billion price tag for 2 x VC-25 aircraft (what they call the 747 once it’s been presidentized…yes, that’s a word…or it is now) is still in the latest Pentagon budget. So the president didn’t save the American public $1 billion after an hour long conversation.
Easy answer to this? Trump lies on a pathological level.
Alternative answer? Since Trump doesn’t read anything, he assumes no one else does, either. And if no one’s checking facts, then what he says has to be true.
Airplanes that cost more than the operating budget of several small countries combined seems excessive. And it is, if we look at this as just a glorified airborne presidential taxi.
Except that the aircraft is meant to keep the president in charge of things in the event that someone wipes Washington off the map. And keep him and whoever’s on board alive for a lot longer than your average airliner.
But like most of Trump’s self-proclaimed accomplishments, this one’s got as much substance as the presidential hairline.
That was a cheap shot.
I’ll do better.