Friday, the Trump administration announced that the Pentagon has reached a tentative deal with Lockheed Martin for the purchase of 90 F-35 jets. They came down to the lowest price in the program’s history. Officials say it is saving the government millions.
Trump, as then the president-elect, made headlines in December with these Tweets:
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
Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
This led to meetings and negotiations with the defense mega-contractor. It concluded in a nearly $9 billion agreement on Friday.
Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, F-35 program executive officer, said, “We continue to work with Industry to drive costs out of the program.”
Lockheed Martin, in a statement, acknowledged Trump’s involvement and said, “President Trump’s personal involvement in the F-35 program accelerated the negotiations and sharpened our focus on driving down the price. The agreement was reached in a matter of weeks and represents significant savings over previous contracts. This is a good deal for the American taxpayer, our country, our company and our suppliers.”
The deal would bring the cost per jet for the F-35A below $100 million for the first time to $95 million. This would mark a 7.3 percent drop in price from the last order.
This is an estimated, based on the per-plane price of the most recent F-35 order, a $728 million reduction.
“Another big win that the president has delivered on for U.S. taxpayers,” said Sean Spicer.
I’m liking what President Trump is doing for our country. I am also disgusted that there are still paid protesters who are ignoring all the good Trump is doing for America so quickly.
Shame on the ignorant people who don’t take the time to read something that is NOT ‘Fake News’.