President Donald Trump wants Air Force One to have a more “patriotic” color scheme, so he’s replacing the current powder blue with a tasteful red, white and blue, featuring our American flag on the tail.
“There’s your new Air Force One,” President Trump announced as he held up an image of four proposed designs, during a recent ABC News interview with George Stephanopoulos.
Democrats are furious. As Virginia’s Republican Rep. Rob Wittman told the Hartford Courant, “They want to impede the president at every turn.”
The president insists the aircraft should “look more American,” rather than “a Jackie Kennedy color.” The last time the paint job was updated happened during the Kennedy administration in 1962.
“I think it’s going to look much better, actually. I like the concept of red, white and blue. The baby blue doesn’t fit with us.”
President Trump declined to confirm or deny if the plane will have an “escape pod” as shown in the Hollywood movie. “There are a couple of secrets I don’t think we’re supposed to be talking about.”
Along with the new colors, Boeing upgraded the entire design. “it’s a much bigger plane.” President Trump made a good deal with Boeing. “We added things, and I got $1.6 billion off the price.”
Democrat Joe Courtney introduced an amendment to a spending bill in the House Armed Services Committee, which he sits on. The restriction passed along party lines, to require congressional approval for any money spent on “interior, paint and fixtures.”
Courtney worries that “additional paint can add weight to the plane, additional fixtures inside the plane can also add cost and delays to the delivery of the plane.”
California Democrat Representative John Garamendi is worried about offending foreign governments by flying our national colors in global “new world order style” European countries.
“The Air Force One plane is iconic. It is known throughout the world. It has been the representation of the United States, the power of the president.”
Garamendi wants Trump to be more like Barack Obama. To the Democrats, a president isn’t supposed to have any power.
There is one glimmer of sunshine for democrats in all this though, as noted by Committee Chairman Adam Smith, a Democrat from Washington state, “This president is not going to fly on these planes.”
The bill of which the proposed changes are a part still must pass both the House and the Senate before it gets to President Trump’s desk for signature and the planes can be ordered.