REPORT: Trump Had Boeing CEO Listen In When He Called Pentagon About Rival Lockheed’s Fighter Jets

Bloomberg reports:

Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump made two surprise calls to the Air Force general managing the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jet. Listening in on one of those calls was Dennis Muilenburg — the CEO of Lockheed’s chief rival, Boeing Co. Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the $379 billion F-35 program as “out of control,” made the highly unusual calls to Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan on Jan. 9 and Jan. 17, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Muilenburg, whose company makes a fighter jet Trump has suggested might be an alternative to the F-35, was in the president-elect’s New York office for a meeting during the second call. He appeared caught off-guard but was able to listen in on the call, according to the people, who asked to remain anonymous discussing sensitive information. One of the people said the call was on speakerphone.

After speaking with Trump, Bogdan wrote two three-page memos, titled “phone conversations with President-Elect,” dated Jan. 10 and 18th and stamped “For Official Use Only,” to limit distribution. They outlined Trump’s questions about the capabilities of Boeing’s Super Hornet fighter and how it might compete against Lockheed’s F-35C, said the people. About a dozen Pentagon officials were alerted to the calls after they occurred, the people said.

Lockheed has refused to comment on Bloomberg’s report.

  • Do Something Nice

    What a fuckwad. Ethics don’t matter to this POS.

  • Todd20036

    Lockhead should know better than to deal with Drumpf

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Lockheed already has the contract. Boeing is the one dealing with the devil: benefitting from listening in on PeOTUS’ call to the Air Force guy.

      Disruption means money changes hands. And like in Putin’s Russia, Trump’s gonna want a taste. Is Boeing going to say “No”?

      Gotta admit, it was “savvy” to do it before the inauguration.

  • Max_1

    Trump will complain about leaks while holding meetings with people he has not been vetted well.

  • Capritaur

    His pettiness knows no bound.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      I like the use of the singular here, even if it is grammatically correct.

      It’s like his pettiness and bile are an airborne, systemic poison, instead of a bunch of broken arrows lying here and there.

  • HZ81

    God, he governs like a jealous high-schooler. “Okay, you call Chad and I’ll listen in while you ask him about me!”

  • bkmn

    Everywhere he goes I see lawsuits – lawsuits that are going to cost the taxpayers lots of money.

    • Xuuths

      Why would tRUMP care? He doesn’t have to pay.

      • Gustav2

        Other People’s Money. He loves using OPM.

      • Michael R

        ” My cartoon is real. I am the creator of my own comic book, and I love living in it ” – Donald Trump ( a real quote )

      • GayOldLady

        He doesn’t care. He just wants to look like he’s doing something.

  • So what does it take to impeach this guy? The rest of the world (Russia notwithstanding) is wondering what the hell is going on.

    • Xuuths

      The GOP not being in the majority in the House.

    • Cousin Bleh

      We have to get rid of Paul Ryan first.

      • canoebum

        He’d only be replaced by by Kevin McCarthy, not an improvement. The raucous town halls must continue, along with the daily overload of the Capital switchboard with calls from angry constituents. The public needs to get mad, stay mad and vote these traitors out. There’s nothing more for it.

        • Cousin Bleh

          I meant let’s replace him with Nancy Pelosi. But I realize that means we have to put up with this shit for 2 loooooooong years.

        • Ninja0980

          Indeed, this anger has to turn into action.
          I’m doing my part in my district to ensure our “moderate” Republican will be shown the door next year.

        • kirby7771

          Except the GOP, 200 of them no less, won’t be attending townhalls during this break. Orders from on high, no doubt.

          • Treant

            Prolly. However, that’ll give them a nice, out of touch air that Republicans simply detest. So that’s not going to go well.

          • Joe in PA

            Hey, but our rep is holding not one, but TWO “telephone” town halls. Coward.

          • canoebum

            More likely orders from their wives or housekeepers, who don’t want to clean the skidmarks from their drawers. Fucking cowards, the whole bunch.

  • Gustav2

    Trump does not have a clue how messed up that was

  • Pollos Hermanos

    OMG that is such a huge deal in the defense world.

    I worked for a defense contractor ten years ago and we lost an entire federal contract because one of our people accidentally saw some documents from a competitor during the bidding process.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      LOL ethics. That’s cute.

  • Frostbite

    Jeeze. How could anyone stand to do business with him knowing he pulls this shady shit, not to mention stiffs people on their bills? You know he’s going to pull the same stunt on your some day?

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Frostbite

      Of course, his ego needs its daily boost.

    • Gustav2

      Announcement of new Labor Secretary?

      • BobSF_94117

        I am filled with foreboding. On the other hand, it could be too many wasabi peas.

        • Gustav2

          He is going to announce a yuge plant that is coming back to the US and he made it happen*

          *even tho companies plan these things years in advance.

        • Joe in PA

          I’ve heard gin counteracts the affect of wasabi peas. Especially in the morning.

      • Acronym Jim

        No, probably an announcement of a new line of Trump branded products.

      • Miji

        Maybe one of the Walton family or maybe he’ll go for broke and reanimate the corpse of an actual former slave owner.

        • Gustav2

          Ohio’s Gov Kasich name has been floated in DC. Remember he tried to eliminate government employee unions in Ohio and lost at the ballot box.

          • Chucktech

            Won’t he be too busy with showcasing his proof of all those illegal voters in the NH primary and the general election?

    • Jon Doh

      All the press or just the right wing nut job press? It’s probably just some dumb rant, if it was anything important, he would have Tweeted it this morning.

      • Joe in PA

        Oh those others are invited, they just can’t ask any questions.

    • SockMikey

      Maybe to pontificate about how the leaks (revealing the truth) are so much worse than the truth and need to be investigated and that his “restructuring” of Intelligence agencies is so needed to address this.

      I really want to see the illegal usage of apps that encrypt and others that delete messages by those in the White house become a big deal due to their illegality and the preservation of executive records.

      Lawmakers abdicating their duties and stated “principled” positions for the sake of agenda.

    • Treant

      Maybe he’ll just say “Fuck you!” and quit!

    • PickyPecker

      ‘Dishonest media should apologize’ – ‘Flynn is a good man and was treated unfairly’ – ‘Had a very, very productive meeting with Bibi’ – ‘Here’s my new pick for Labor Sec, very bigly qualified’ – ‘Honored to have won electoral college by a landslide’ – ‘I’ll take some question from whackadoodle conservatives now’…..see, I just saved y’all a lotta time. 🙂

      • Lumpy Gaga

        JMG origami: a live video thread folded down to one post.

    • lattebud
    • Cuberly
    • Cuberly

      He going to announce his electoral college “landslide” again?
      Bitch about someone being treated unfairly?
      Unfair media?

    • GayOldLady

      Oh shit! Here we go again.

  • bkmn

    O/T – just saw on twitter that @RoguePOTUSStaff is an account set up by Bannon – he is trying to organize a protest rally in Florida. DO NOT ATTEND unless you are interested in being set up as an agitator. Attend at your own risk.

    • Daveed_WOW

      if you read @RoguePOTUSStaff, you’ll see that it is most certainly NOT Bannon.

    • danolgb

      The source for that is Louise Mensch. She’s not exactly credible herself

  • Tawreos

    Being the president isn’t enough for this clown, he has to show off that he can call up the pentagon and get the guy in charge of a project on the phone.

  • BobSF_94117

    I find it very hard to believe he cares about the govt saving money. I wonder what the connection to Boeing is.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      A change of contractors means lots of money changing hands in new places, and a lot of gratitude from Boeing. Isn’t Lockheed old-school GOP?

  • AtticusP
    • AtticusP
      • JCF

        Doesn’t look *disastrous* enough (and, per usual, the hands are TOO BIG!)

        • AtticusP

          I am old enough to remember Watergate.

          That started small, too.

          Patience. All in good time.

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  • safari

    O/T: “What is the best way to, with minimal costs, set up a daily text capacity for a ground up-grassroots army for pro-Trump daily action items to push back against the left’s resistance efforts who are trying to make America ungovernable?” wrote Clarence Thomas’s wife in an email.
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/16/leaked-emails-show-justice-clarence-thomas-s-wife-pushing-travel-ban.html

    • Lumpy Gaga

      ground-up grassroots.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        GMO grass

        • Joe in PA

          Sorry, you can’t use that without permission from Monsanto.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            “Delete your seeds.”

            — Monsanto

          • Joe in PA

            Hmmm, I’ve been swallowing seed for years…does that count?

            Wait, what are we talking about?

          • WretchedMouse

            I do daily! Heeeeeyo! *holds hand up for high five* eh? eh? 😉

    • BobSF_94117

      “But there are some grassroots activists, who seem beyond the Republican
      party or the conservative movement, who wish to join the fray on social
      media for Trump and link shields and build momentum,” she wrote. “I met
      with a house load of them yesterday and we want a daily textable tool
      to start… Suggestions?”

      Work on your metaphors.

      • Acronym Jim

        To be fair, an outhouse is still a type of house.

    • Joe in PA

      ungovernable??? That sounds just a teeny bit like something a Nazi would say. Arrrgggh.

    • Chucktech

      Honey, just stick to AM radio, mkay? It’s served you well, lo, these many years and your base is quite proficient in using it.

    • Rick

      “WE NEED TO RESIST THEM LEFTIES but only if it’s cheap and doesn’t take too much time away from momma’s mahjong club.”

    • David L. Caster

      Ugh. More noise.

  • Scott MB

    And this is why a businessman can’t be President/ He doesn’t understand that this isn’t like a boardroom. you can’t just do things like this, The sad part is that he doesn’t know any better. I mean this is like three little girls, two talking and one listening because one talking said something bad about the one listening. He is just a petulant child and needs to have his toys taken away when he screws up, like they did with his Twitter. Maybe a time out as well. A few minutes in the corner, one minute for every year of age seems good, may make him think about doing better next time. Who am I kidding, he will just Tweet it was “fake punishment” perpetrated by the “fake media.”

    • Gustav2

      This version of the ‘telephone game’ is how he conducted business.

    • Cousin Bleh

      I don’t think you can pull these stunts in actual business either. Isn’t this basically corporate espionage?

      • Lumpy Gaga

        On the one hand: Delete your account, Muilenburg.
        On the other: you just know the stock price went up.

    • lymis

      “Maybe a time out as well. A few minutes in the corner, one minute for every year of age seems good, may make him think about doing better next time.”

      Well, our legal system has provisions for people who engage in criminal acts being given a time out.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Actually an acute business sense is an advantage for any politicians. Trump is NOT a business man. He is a socially inept con man.

      • Gerry Fisher

        Yep

    • Reality.Bites

      Any good businessman is aware of the legal and regulatory atmosphere in which he operates. I would have disagreed with Romneys policies but he wouldn’t have violated the law at every turn

    • Gerry Fisher

      Successful, large companies would never hire him. He can operate like this only in a company in which he and his family own most of the stock. Even in that situation, I’ve seen a board jettison a CEO.

    • Chris Baker

      Yup. I bet he’s thinking: Lockheed can’t complain/sue because they want the business too much. Boeing won’t tell because they want the business too. I’m sure he’s done that hundreds of times in his business.

    • gothambear

      And of course the natural next question is which company gave Trump more in campaign contributions, Boeing or Lockheed? Always follow the money with that one…

  • vernacular100

    “greasing the palm” They use to cal it!l
    Now it could be called “Fuck America again” and RNC has to be held accountable…soon!

    • Joe in PA

      Too bad Rancid Penis isn’t at the helm any longer. Now HE would have taken care of this. /s

  • Paula

    Is there an official White House Slam Book now?

  • Joe in PA

    Gosh I’m glad America elected a “business” man.

    • Hue-Man

      It can also be viewed as how American businessmen may be acting when no one is watching. Do you remember the last anti-trust prosecution, real or threatened? ADM’s the only one I can think of from 2 decades ago.

      United States v. Archer Daniels Midland Co. was a criminal case filed on October 15, 1996 in which the United States alleged that Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and other corporations and individuals engaged in a conspiracy to fix and maintain prices of lysine and citric acid and to restrain or eliminate competing suppliers of these additives in violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act (15 U.S.C. § 1).

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Archer_Daniels_Midland_Co.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    This is insane! How many more things does Hair Furor need to do before we impeach him. Our Republic is at stake. Doesn’t anyone care?

    • Ninja0980

      Republicans don’t.
      Party over country.

  • Ninja0980

    Folks keep asking what it will take to get Trump out of office and the answer is simple.
    Republicans not having the majority anymore.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      Or Republicans finally deciding to do their job and that their Country is more important than their Party.

    • All that it will take is Speaker Ryan and his leadership and Majority Leader McConnell and his leadership demanding that Trump resign or be impeached and removed from office. If they decide to do this, the Democrats will back them up. Trump will be checkmated. They will do this if all wings of their party, including the tea party radical freedom caucus, social conservatives, and 1% super rich wings get together and demand it. The “cross-over Democrats” in Pennsylvania and Michigan who put him in office can stew in hell and frig themselves if they don’t like it, that is not the concern of the three wings of the Republican party that existed before the November election.

  • Tomcat

    Sounds like a little corporate espionage to me.
    Is Trump allowed to do that?

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      New rules.

      • Joe in PA

        Pfffft, “alternative” rules. Try to keep up. 🙂

  • Michael R
  • Sam_Handwich

    Mulvaney confirmed for OMB 51-49

    McCain voted no

    • billbear1961

      What got into McCain, something resembling a conscience?

    • bzrd

      so Mulvaney id going to tell BLOTUS his wife must live in the orange house to save the tax payers $30,000,000/ month
      and to stop flying to margo-blargo each weekend to say even more
      rrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhht !

  • Sam_Handwich

    BREAKING

    State of WA rules against Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • billbear1961

      Chaos, corruption and TREASON!!

    • Acronym Jim

      The shit storm isn’t brown enough.

    • gaymex1

      Please! That’s a glamour shot.

  • Rex

    He doesn’t know what the F he’s doing.
    No excuse, since he’s surrounded himself with the best people.
    Who only seem to be the best at kissing his ass.

  • Taylor

    Totally unrelated…but some great news.

    Barronelle Stutzman has lost her appeal to the Washington State Supreme Court, in a UNANIMOUS decision.

    http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/crime/article133086579.html

  • Awe! What a shame! Matt Drudge is either gonna have to pay for some hot tushy-sex, or get some next generation anti-depressants! He seems so bummed out! Look at his current headline!!!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3c836e78107e98d085ec71298abfb00d95eb584231f23e8d0840bc3ffad1b310.jpg

    • billbear1961

      Look at that jackass, Ryan!

      Smirk while the republic BURNS, asshole!

      • I think the only reason why Ryan is smirking is that he is counting the days till his stooge lightweight, Pence, takes office. Pence will be his playtoy as President if his record in Congress is any indication. Also Ryan HATES Bannon. Bannon thinks Ryan is a leftie.

        • billbear1961

          They’re going to GUT this country.

          • True. They are already. What they know about Putin’s owning of Trump that we don’t has not been leaked yet. I think it probably has but needs to be verified since its so unbelievable.

          • billbear1961

            Some Dem in Congress (whose name I can’t remember) who sits on a committee (the name of which I also can’t remember!) told colleagues more revelations are on their way.

            I wish they’d HURRY UP!!

          • billbear1961

            That’s it!

            Thanks!

            🙂

    • Cuberly

      Didn’t think it’d play out this way but looks like their strategy to use Trump as a distraction ain’t workin.

      Their “distraction” is turning into a bigger and bigger liability every day. One they keep having to explain away. It’s not working…..heh….

      • At this rate, Ryan is going to be out of his job in 23 months as Speaker and he knows it.

        • Jeffg166

          He might be president by then or sooner. Trump will get removed and Pence with his Paul Manafort/Putin connection doesn’t look all the secure to hang on when Trump gets 86ed.

  • geoffalnutt

    Speakerphone?? Really? “The Call Heard Round The World!” I used to think such stupidity utterly impossible, but then there was Cheetolini.

  • William

    Trump was one of those bitchy girls in high school.

  • Jacob

    Imagine what are country would look like if our taxes were spent on us.

  • The_Wretched

    Most. Corrupt. Admin. Ever.

  • Javier Smith

    I may be wrong, but.. isn’t that kind of unethical from a business standpoint? I have to take an online class on my work that goes over unethical business practices regarding contracts. We are taught that knowing or gaining information about a rival’s company’s contract that did not come through official channels is a big no-no.

  • Gigi

    Trump thinks he’s above the law. Hopefully he’ll find out very soon that he isn’t.

  • Jeffrey

    Am I wrong or is this almost as bad as the Russian connection? This is an extraordinarily bad precedent.

  • Gene Perry

    Aren’t there “sealed bids” when competing for gov’t contracts? And wouldn’t letting one company listen in to a conversation with another company be unfair? Not to mention just a little illegal? A lot illegal?

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Seemingly

    • grada3784

      It’s a fake illegality. /s

    • Homo Erectus

      Trump don’t give a shit about illegal.

  • StraightGrandmother

    Lesson learned, when Trump has you on speaker phone be aware.

  • Friday

    Trump clearly doesn’t even understand what these aircraft *are.* Or *why* the FA/18 wasn’t enough when the JSF project was even proposed: the delays and cost overruns were more because the way they did the contract basically *made* a near-monopoly for the corporation that won. Also, two variants of the F-35 are already coming *out,* it’s the Harrier replacement version that’s still hung up as probably having been trying to take the ‘modular’ concept a bridge too far.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      *Thanks*

    • VTOL Jet aircraft are difficult monsters. They can’t carry much payload and fuel, the US Marines has had a huge accident rates with the AV-8s, the F-35Bs are most likely too heavy.

      The Brits stripped their Harriers of basic stuff like self sealing fuel tans and insulation on their Harriers because of the strain of trying to land these monsters.

      • Friday

        Silly place to try and cut corners. But the Harrier design’s as old as I am. At least new ones are probably needed.

  • Richard

    In business,
    speakerphone conversations are normally begun with a statement that the call is
    on speaker and all people sitting at the table are identified. To not
    inform the other party is unethical. Muilenburg should have removed
    himself from the room or identified himself on the call. Moral to the
    story: …… don’t take his calls, they can’t be trusted.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I make it a habit not to take Trump’s calls. And now I have a good excuse.

  • Kelly Lape

    Oh my God (Sorry Joe) – But Jesus Christ, WTF???? This is absolutely illegal. This man belongs in jail.

  • Paul David

    That number is so shocking: $379 BILLION!

  • TampaDink

    Isn’t this corporate espionage?

  • “whose company makes a fighter jet Trump has suggested might be an alternative to the F-35,”

    The Boeing X-32 was not a good plane for all the stupid requirement needs for the next generation fighter. The F-35 pretty much destroyed it in the competition. If they just told the Marines to go jump in the lake and stop with their VSTOL obsession, the F-35 would pretty much wouldn’t have the problems it is having.

  • If I were President, I would try not to piss off Lockheed Martin.

  • JCF

    “Drain The Swamp!”

  • DaddyRay

    This is covered in Business Ethics 101