Industry Analysts Scoff At White House’s Claim To Have Reduced Cost Of New Air Force One By Millions

Defense News reports:

The White House webpage extolling U.S. President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office celebrates the president’s success in reducing the cost of the Air Force One replacement by millions of dollars.

But there’s a couple problems with that claim: The military still hasn’t finalized how much the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization will cost. This is also a significant change from Trump’s initial claims of trimming $1 billion from the program’s expected price tag through discussions with prime contractor Boeing.

“We’ve got that price down by over $1 billion and I probably haven’t spoken for more than an hour on the project,” Trump told supporters in a February rally. “I told Boeing that isn’t good enough, the price is still too high.”

An aircraft industry analyst says there’s no documentation to back up the White House’s claims and that Trump has once again invented a number.