Trump’s Fighter Jet Frugality on Full Display

By Andrew West – Re-Blogged From

First, there were the reports that Trump had met with Boeing, manufacturers of Air Force One, and successfully negotiated a much lower price tag than originally signed off on.  Now, it seems that the Trump-Boeing rendezvous had much more discussion than just Air Force One.

Donald Trump, while not yet inaugurated as President, is already working diligently on saving the American taxpayer a boatload of money.

: Image has been received by U.S. Military prior to transmission) In this image released by the U.S. Navy courtesy of Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Navy variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35C, conducts a test flight February 11, 2011 over the Chesapeake Bay. Lt. Cmdr. Eric 'Magic' Buus flew the F-35C for two hours, checking instruments that will measure structural loads on the airframe during flight maneuvers. The F-35C is distinct from the F-35A and F-35B variants with larger wing surfaces and reinforced landing gear for greater control when operating in the demanding carrier take-off and landing environment.

Donald Trump is pitting Lockheed Martin against Boeing in an effort to save the U.S. taxpayers some moolah.

“Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson is seeing what Donald Trump may be prepared to do to get military procurement costs down.

“’Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!’ Trump writes on Twitter.

“Earlier in the week, Trump met with Hewson. ‘We’re just beginning, it’s a dance,’ Trump told reporters after that meeting.

“The latest tweet sent Lockheed shares into a tailspin. According to CNBC, they fell about two percent, losing an estimated $1.2 billion of market value.”

This is truly a new era of modern politics, as Trump’s business acumen, combined with his “outsider” status in Washington, will make for an entirely new presidential blueprint – especially as it pertains to saving Americans money.



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