Trump Boasts of Selling Fictional Planes to Norway

The F-52 only exists in the video game 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2018 5:08 PM CST
President Donald Trump looks towards Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg as she speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – America's allies should be getting those shipments of Super Mushrooms and Master Swords any day now. The Washington Post reports President Trump on Wednesday boasted about the sale of F-52 fighter jets to Norway. “In November we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets,” Trump said during a press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. “We have a total of 52 and they’ve delivered a number of them already a little ahead of schedule.” The problem: While the F-35 is real—and a bit of a boondoggle for the Pentagon—the F-52 only exists in the video game Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

The fictional jet appears during the "Throttle" mission, which takes place in "New Baghdad" and somehow involves Kevin Spacey, Kotaku reports. You can watch the F-52 in action here. The Post posits that Trump, who was reading from a statement, likely saw the number of jets delivered—52—and mistakenly added an "F" designation to it. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say if Trump is a Call of Duty fan, and Lockheed Martin, which makes the F-35, wouldn't say if an F-52 is in the works. The plane-maker did say Norway has approved money for 40 F-35s and has gotten 10 of them so far. Forbes notes the main feature of the near-future Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is combat exosuits. No word on if Norway is getting any of those. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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