Not a single day goes by without yet another false claim by President Donald Trump. This time, the liar-in-chief was caught in a big lie about air force one.
Last week, Trump claimed that he saved $1 billion on Air Force One jets saying:
“They were close to signing a $4.2 billion deal to have a new Air Force One. Can you believe this? I said, ‘No way.’ I said, ‘I refuse to fly in a $4.2 billion airplane. I refuse.'”
Trump went on to brag about his ability to lower the price with minimal effort:
“We got that price down by over $1 billion, and I probably haven’t spoken, to be honest with you, for more than an hour on the project. I got the generals in, who are fantastic. I got Boeing in. But I told Boeing it’s not good enough. We’re not going to do it. The price is still too high.”
Well, the U.S. Air Force just responded to that claim, exposing it as a lie.
When asked by reporters how Trump managed to reduce the pricing on new presidential planes by such a significant margin, Air Force spokesman Colonel Pat Ryder said:
“We don’t know what he’s talking about.”
Ryan revealed that the Air Force can’t account for $1 billion in savings that President Donald Trump said he’s negotiated for the program to develop, purchase and operate two new jets to serve as Air Force One.
“To my knowledge I have not been told that we have that information. I refer you to the White House,” Ryan told Bloomberg News, placing the onus back on Trump.
And their confusion makes sense. You see, Trump claimed the deal would cost approximately $4.2 billion dollars. However, the Air Force’s estimate is a far more conservative $2.7 billion — making Trump’s claim of lowering the price by over $1 billion confusing.
For a man who constantly berates the media for their so-called “fake news,” you’d think he’d at least try to err on the side of caution and tread lightly when it comes to spewing blatantly false statements.
But, then again, the Donald continues on his trend of completely fabricated claims.
As usual, the White House didn’t respond to repeated inquiries about Trump’s comments.