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On Tuesday morning, President-elect Donald Trump called for the cancellation of a U.S. Department of Defense contract with Boeing for the new Air Force One presidential plane, saying the cost of the deal was “out of control.”
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
Boeing’s stock price fell over 1 percent—one of the largest drops for companies on the Dow Jones Industrial Average—as trading opened for the day, eight minutes after Trump’s tweet. The stock remains down just under 1 percent an hour into the trading day.
In January, DoD awarded Boeing a $25.8 million initial contract for the planning and construction of the new and improved Air Force One, Reuters reported. The Air Force said it had earmarked a total of $1.65 billion for the construction of two presidential 747-8 aircraft.
Trump famously eschewed the traditional campaign bus in favor of his personal Boeing 757 airliner. Trump’s plane, however, is 71 feet shorter and 61 feet narrower than the current Air Force One aircraft, which are 747-200B series planes and include 4,000 square feet of space, two kitchens, and an onboard hospital with an operating room.
Trump’s tweet comes just hours after the Washington Post uncovered a Pentagon study that identified $125 billion in funds wasted on bureaucratic bloat.
Update 9:18am CT, Dec. 6: Boeing’s stock price fell 1 percent after Trump’s tweet.
Andrew Couts is the former editor of Layer 8, a section dedicated to the intersection of the Internet and the state—and the gaps in between. Prior to the Daily Dot, Couts served as features editor and features writer for Digital Trends, associate editor of TheWeek.com, and associate editor at Maxim magazine. When he’s not working, Couts can be found hiking with his German shepherds or blasting around on motorcycles.