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Air Force One' Cost Concerns Show Trump's Priority of Reducing Spending - Team

Sputnik News

19:18 06.12.2016(updated 19:19 06.12.2016)

US President-elect Donald Trump demonstrated how serious he is about reducing federal government spending when he highlighted the high cost of acquiring a new Air Force One on Tuesday, a spokesman for Trump's transition team said in a phone call with reporters.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Earlier on Tuesday, Trump said he wants to cancel the $4 billion order for a new Air Force One from Boeing because the airplane's price and the associated research and development program are "ridiculous."

"I think this really speaks to the president-elect's focus on keeping costs down across the board with regard to government spending," spokesman Jason Miller stated.

According to media reports, the Air Force has budgeted $1.65 billion for the new Air Force One plane between 2015 and 2019. Two planes will be needed to replace the two current Boeing 747-200 aircraft used by the US president. Those aircraft will reach their 30-year life expectancy in 2017.

Media reports have noted, however, the unique communications, safety and other required features so that the aircraft can operate as a mobile White House during any situation, which makes the airplane much more expensive to produce.


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