Trump on New Air Force One: 'Cancel Order'
He says Boeing replacement planes will cost $4B
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2016 10:03 AM CST
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump steps from his plane as he arrives to speak to a campaign rally, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Wilmington, Ohio.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Donald Trump apparently thinks that the future presidential plane could tone it down a little. "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 president-elect tweeted Tuesday morning. Asked about the tweet later that morning in New York, Trump elaborated, "The plane is totally out of control. I think it's 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."

Two Boeing 747-8 planes are planned to replace the two current Air Force planes used for presidential transportation, reportedly going into service between 2020 and 2024. The Air Force has previously said $1.65 billion is earmarked for the jets, though CNNMoney reports the USAF has allocated $2.9 billion for them and the AP puts the contract figure at $3 billion so far with "costs rising." Boeing got an initial $25.8 million contract from the Air Force in January. The Week reports that Boeing's stock "immediately dropped" upon news of Trump's tweet breaking, though that figure was modest. Boeing's only response so far, to the AP: "We are going to have to get back to you after we figure out what's going on."

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