The CEO of Boeing met with the President-elect Wednesday and promised to build two Air Force One jets for under $4 billion after Trump threatened to cancel the order because of the price.
“We’re going to get it done for less than that, and we’re committed to working together to make sure that happens,” Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg said. “I was able to give the president-elect my personal commitment on behalf of the Boeing Co. This is a business that is important to us. We work on Air Force One because it’s important to our country and we’re going to make sure he gets the best capability, and that it’s done affordably.”
Trump tweeted on December 6 that he would cancel the order for the new planes because “costs are out of control.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016
“The plane is totally out of control. It’s going to be over $4 billion for Air Force One program and 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,” Trump told reporters at Trump Tower later that day.
Muilenberg praised his meeting with Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, where the two talked about a variety of different issues.
“It went great. Very productive, and really encouraged by the dialogue,” he said.
“We’re eager to get started on the program,” he added. “Once we finalize the requirements, make sure it’s affordable, we’ll launch on building the airplane.”
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