It hasn’t even been a full month since Donald Trump became “president-elect,” but he’s already provided us numerous examples of exactly what kind of circus-like nightmare we’re all headed for over the next four years.
In case you missed it, on Tuesday, Trump sent out a rather strange tweet where he attacked Boeing for the “out of control” costs associated with “a” (as in one — that’s key here) new 747 Air Force One for future presidents:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2016
First, the company is building two new Air Force Ones, not one, neither of which he’ll ever fly in because they’re not scheduled to be ready for travel until 2024. Meaning that even if he served eight years, he still wouldn’t use either of these planes.
Second, the costs of the planes isn’t $4 billion, it’s $3.73 billion – and that’s a 12-year projection.
Yet if you read Trump’s tweet, it’s clear he seemed to think that $4 billion was the cost for one plane — and that’s it. Clearly that’s not the case. The $3.73 billion is the estimated cost of two planes over a span of a project that’s targeted at 12 years.
To put that into context, as Politifact points out, the $3.73 billion price tag equates to about four-one-hundredths of 1 percent of the $8.123 trillion in projected defense spending over the next 12 years.
Then there’s also the fact that most of the costs for these planes isn’t attributed to Boeing’s greed, but rather the requirements necessary for national security considering that these planes are essentially a flying version of the White House. Furthermore, while Boeing handles construction, they still contract a lot of work to other electrical and technical companies. So, Trump trying to put the entire blame of the costs on Boeing is clearly based on total ignorance of how these planes will even be constructed.
But isn’t this the same guy who ran for president on his “brilliant” business acumen? You mean to tell me that he doesn’t understand the basics of how a contract works?
You don’t have to be a business genius to know that something as complicated as a defense contract isn’t as simple as “we’ll build you one plane for $4 billion.” Especially as it relates to something like Air Force One, a project that’s clearly going to have a lot of extraordinary conditions and stipulations attached to it.
When you get right down to it, here’s how the two stories break down:
- According to Donald Trump: Boeing is charging the government $4 billion to build one Air Force One. Cancel the contract!
- According to the facts: Boeing has a defense contract that spans 12 years to build two new Air Force Ones that he’ll never fly in, at a cost of $3.73 billion (four-one-hundredths of 1 percent of our defense budget over that span), where much of the expense for building these planes is attributed to the rigorous and extraordinary national security requirements to which the company must adhere.
As you can tell, the facts vary a whole lot from the nonsense Trump said. Then again, facts rarely ever align with anything he says.
The reason why I said this tweet perfectly shows off Trump’s incompetence is the fact that this is something I’d expect to see some random person send out who knew absolutely nothing about defense contracts, but they follow some garbage “news” site that’s just as ignorant as they are that told them this ridiculous information. Then, instead of actually looking into it via credible sources, they simply posted something about it on social media because they’re too incompetent to know what the hell they’re talking about.
Now that I think about it, that’s pretty much exactly what happened. Only, instead of being a random person who did this, it was the person who’s going to be our next Commander in Chief.
Donald Trump’s not even officially president yet, but he’s already showing the world what an absolute embarrassment he’s going to be to the United States.
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