Art of the Bum Deal: Trump has managed to increase the cost of Air Force $1 Billion

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This is maybe why he filed bankruptcy 6 times...but this is taxpayer $$$ that he's spending, and on a plane that he will never have access to (won't be finished till 2026).

Art of the Bum Deal: Donald Trump has managed to increase the cost of Air Force One by $1 billion
Donald Trump’s vaunted deal-making skills haven’t saved jobs at Carrier, or at Ford. He hasn’t convinced North Korea to surrender so much as a slingshot, despite giving up one of America’s biggest bargaining chips. And when it comes to Russia … to be fair, that wasn’t as much bargaining as begging, so maybe it shouldn’t count.

But how has Trump done on something with Real Numbers in it? Something where Trump bragged about his intervention even before taking office? Here’s Trump one year before moving to DC, going after the cost of creating a new version of Air Force One.

However, the true cost of two new Air Force One planes, was budgeted at $2.87 billion. Though some estimates put the total at $3.73 billion by the time of completion in 2026, that still didn’t put it to the number Trump was throwing around. But Trump was okay with that. According to him, “Boeing is doing a little bit of a number” and trying to make too much money off the contract. But Trump would show them who was boss.

Even before he sat down in the Oval Office, Trump claimed that he had been on the phone with Boeing and chopped down that big number. It was a claim he repeated several times in his first few months in office—his go-to example of his negotiating skills.

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But it'll have a new, cool paint job!

Maybe.

Possibly.

That's got to be worth something...
 
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Daily Kos is lying yet again.

Go to the real story at USA Today
Really? You mean from this, the link embedded in the DK article?

Trump's 'incredible' Air Force One to be red, white and blue, cost $3.9 billion

Now read this again, from the OP...

However, within a few weeks, the White House website had chopped Trump savings from “over a billion” to “millions.” And now, Donald Trump has completed his negotiations, coming up with a new price of … $3.9 billion. That’s right. After two years of negotiation, Donald Trump’s price is a billion dollars higher than where he started. No wonder everyone loves to negotiate with Trump.

According to USA Today, Trump is claiming that the new contract saved either “$1.5 billion” or “$1.4 billion” over the original contract. Except it doesn’t. The original contract was actually the $2.87 billion figure. The $3.73 billion was a projected cost running forward to 2026 and anticipating inflation and cost overruns. Trump has now reset the base value to $3.9 billion. Nowhere did anyone project any kind of number that would make Trump’s $3.9 billion a “savings.”

Trump has actually raised the cost of this project by over $1 billion.
 
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I read the USA today article. It doesn't have the "I hate Trump" spin.

The president didn't raise the price, Boeing did and the Pentagon signed the contract.
"I alone can fix it".

But somehow it's always someone else's fault when he fucks up.
 
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But it'll have a new, cool paint job!

Maybe.

Possibly.

That's got to be worth something...
The next President will decide that.

I worked DOD aircraft contracts. Let me clue you into something. You don't need the color scheme picked out to build a plane.

In fact, the guys never have to check the blue prints to check the color scheme while building the plane.
 
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In fact every Presidential candidate should be asked if they will keep AF1 its traditional color scheme.

#UnTrumpAF1
 
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