President-elect Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he thinks the Air Force should end procurement of the next version of Air Force One, which is based on Boeing’s latest version of the iconic Boeing 747, because it’s too pricey.
Doing this would be, shall we say, very bad. Sad even!
Not only is that interpretation wrong, there are two great, if interrelated, reasons for keeping the procurement open: We need a new plane. And jobs.
Do we need a new Air Force One?
The answer is unequivocally yes, since the current version of Air Force One is getting old, having entered service in 1990, during the presidency of George H.W. Bush. The age is showing, with higher costs to operate the plane (about $200,000 per hour, according to CNN), and the necessity of fuel stops on long trips, such as Washington to Tokyo. According to Boeing, such stops would not be needed if the new 747 were used. Read more…
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President-elect Donald Trump has announced he will give up control of his business empire “in total” in order to avoid a conflict of interest once he becomes president.
Trump said in a series of tweets that he would hold a press conference on 15 December to announce the details.
“I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he wrote. Read more…
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Just in: Donald Trump has a new hat.
With great power, comes great fashion responsibility — thus, the president-elect, known for sporting large red caps featuring his campaign slogan: “Make America Great Again,” decided to switch things up before he takes office.
Though Trump’s new bright red cap delivers a shorter message, it still includes his beloved massive lettering and a patriotic feel.
According to the New York Post, Trump debuted his presidential hat, which simply says, “USA,” outside Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday afternoon. Read more…
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