Super Stupid

Trump’s Air Force One Will Also Cost Way More Than He Claimed

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Long before Trump was even inaugurated, the Obama administration negotiated a contract with Boeing to replace Air Force One.

The cost of the Obama administration's contract was $2.87 billion through the year 2021 with additional costs incurred over the expected lifetime of the plane.

Now, Trump, in all his abundant arrogance, claimed that he would save the federal government at least $1 billion by negotiating a new deal with Boeing but, as you know, Trump doesn't really make deals.

Not only did he not save the federal government a billion dollars, his claims have actually grown since then to $1.5 billion in savings even though we now know the cost of his contract with Boeing will be $3.9 billion.

"Boeing gave us a good deal," Trump told CBS, adding that he saved $1.5 billion on the project.

Trump "has emphasized the need to minimize the cost of replacing the two existing Air Force One aircraft," the White House said in a statement Wednesday. The statement said the contract saved taxpayers about $1.4 billion over the initial contract.

However, Trump had previously criticized an estimate close to the final cost: "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!" he tweeted in December 2016.

It seems likely that the project will end up costing more than $3.9 billion because things like this always do.

It's likely the Obama administration's contract for $2.87 billion also would have cost more than that, but we can say with total certainty that Trump did not save any money. Rather than save a billion dollars, it appears that he increased the cost by a billion dollars.

There's been no word on how much his special paint job will cost, but I'm sure we'll find out.

  • muselet

    Knowing Donald Trump, he insisted that TRUMP be embroidered on every seat back and applied in gold leaf to every vertical surface.


    • KanaW

      Oh, jeez, you’re probably right! Ugh.

      • muselet

        I think Kevin Drum‘s artist’s conception is unfortunately accurate.


        • KanaW

          *snorfle* Wow, that’s just tacky enough to be perfect for him!

    • ninjaf

      Don’t forget the horizontal surfaces, too.

      • muselet

        No, there wouldn’t be room. The horizontal surfaces will all be contoured to hold McDonald’s containers.


        • ninjaf

          And those KFC buckets take up some pretty hefty real estate.

  • Michael B. Conway
    • muselet

      Don’t give him ideas. Do you have any idea how much the change order would run?


  • Draxiar

    Caption for the picture:
    “So I told her ‘everyone knows this is actually nine inches…everyone’ and she believed me that I can tell you.”

  • Aynwrong

    “There’s been no word on how much his special paint job will cost, but I’m sure we’ll find out.”

    I’m guessing about another billion. It’ll be a very special, amazing paint job.

    • Mark Cleary

      Probably involving actual gold, which most likely will be flaked off after the first two trips.

      • Aynwrong

        Great. Air Force One will now be the equivalent of Donald Trump’s toilet bowl. The denigration of America continues.

  • Diane

    Stable genius does not do math.

  • Scopedog